I’ve been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time on my home water, the Metolius. Some days I don’t see an insect on the water. Other days, bugs float downstream on the water’s surface, but no fish rise. What I hope for is finding a few rings or noses, a sign fish are actively rising and eating hatching insects. While I’m waiting for the fish to rise, I’ve enjoyed the changing vegetation colors along the river. I’d like to share a few fall images from the river I’ve captured in the last month.
This is my favorite time of the year to be on the river.
It’s changed a lot in the last month. Here is a view from September.
And a month later the colors are quickly changing.
It won’t be long until all the leaves are gone and the river’s spartan winter look returns.
I spend time watching the river when fish aren’t rising. Some days more than others.
I’ve captured a few action shots when it all comes together.
And I marvel at the beauty of the fish.
A close-up view of one of these beauties.
Sometimes they hold still.
A couple wiley Rainbows in the net.
Not to be outdone, the water itself can be spectacular in the right light conditions.
The last few days have turned cold and windy, and the leaves are slowly fading. The best fall colors may be behind us.
The river is where I find my Zen. I hope these images provide a little Zen for you as well.
Lastly, my friends Gretchen and Al Beatty from Boise, ID have recently started up their BT’s Fly Tying Friday night Zoom meetings and their second session is about Spring Creek Flies & Furled Leaders. If you are interested in their Fall/Winter fly tying sessions, I encourage you to attend. They begin at 6 pm (Mountain Time).
You may join via the link below.
To get on their email list about future classes, contact Al – firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!