Fly Fishing & Hiking Adventure in The Blue Ridge Mountain Forest
As we come to the end of 2016, I am traveling to the Blue Ridge Mountains of New York to go on a fly fishing adventure for the steelhead trout. I have never caught this fish before, and my previous fishing trip for this elusive trout didn’t work out. These blue ridge mountains get their name from the constant mist that fills the air above the rivers and streams that run through the forest. With waders and boots, we went hiking through the forest that was filled with wildlife like deer and birds. The temperate climate allowed for beautiful green mosses and ferns to grow amongst the colorful falling leaves from the many species of trees leading up to the river. When we finally reached the river, it was full of round rocks that tumbled the clear water through creek bends and waterfalls. Fishing down the river, we eventually ended up next to a rocky cliff where the river had carved out a nice pool where the trout could live. Crossing the river in spots felt dangerous with the cold water and all the heavy camera equipment I was carrying. Fly fishing with small eggs and zonkers, we hooked up on only a few steelhead trout that broke the light fishing line that we were using for the clear water. Exhausted, cold, and out of flies to fish with, we made our way back up the mountain where I ran into a fellow fishing freak that was a fan of the my fishing videos. It lifted my spirits back up and gave me the confidence to post this fishing video, even though I didn’t catch anything for the second time. Learning how to master fly fishing is a fishing challenge in itself, but add in the smart fish like the trout and cold climate and it becomes an extreme fishing challenge for a Texan like me. It was still an amazing day and fishing adventure with some of the most beautiful displays or nature and wildlife I have ever scene. Hiking through the forest alone was worth the trip.