|Matt Smythe - AKA the fishing Poet - Holds a beautiful post spawn female brown trout.|
Last week I had the opportunity to get out and fish for my birthday.
I also had the opportunity to meet up with a friend of mine Matt Smythe AKA the Fishing Poet.
Matt is a writer and a darn good one at that. In fact it is his profession. But over this past year he has taken his passion of the outdoors and slammed it head first into that professional world of writing. He left his desk job, for the unknown and unproven grounds of the freelance world. A brave man indeed!
|A nice lake run rainbow/steelhead taken on the swing.|
Our goal for the morning was to search the waters of a local tributary and try and tempt its finned inhabitants into taking a fly or two. Lucky for us it was more of the latter.
Matt was running a little late, so he encouraged me to venture out before his arrival. I did, and found two fish willing to take a streamer. One of which was taken on the swing.
Upon Matt’s arrival I was very excited as I had already hooked two beautiful rainbows, landing them both, and had seen at least another seven or eight fish on my walk down to our meeting place.
|A bright female steelhead that ate an egg pattern. Photo by Matt Smythe|
We set up shop at a favorite pool and began to put our flies to work.
Matt hooked up within that first half hour, and I ran down to help him land his first fish of the day, a gorgeous post spawn female brown trout. A few photos later and she was released.
|My last fish of the day. A nice big male with two beautiful red stripes. Photo by Matt Smythe|
Over the course of the next couple of hours we each hooked a few more fish, landing only one. But before we left for the day, I had the opportunity to hold one more fish. A gorgeous male rainbow that displayed not one red stripe, but two! A fitting end to a great morning birthday fly fishing session.
Thanks Matt for joining me on a very memorable day….although I doubt I had to twist your arm very hard to get you out there!
Until next time…………