How to Catch a Memory

Black Crappie from Fry Creek, North Idaho

Here’s a fine Black Crappie brought to the net by one of my fly fishing companions on a wind-protected North Idaho slough.

Wouldn’t Life Be Better…if you fished this weekend?

Pan-sized rainbow trout from a mitigation pond in Western Montana

Cooking fresh trout outdoors adds a flavor you can't beat.

We’ve all waited a long time for the summer sun to show and the rivers to drop their run-off fury. Whether you get away for camping over the weekend or a long morning drive to a favorite spot, a fish fry like this will put a lasting memory into your heart. You’ll find it builds on friendship, too; and aside from those blessed features, cooking fresh trout over an open flame adds to the memory of an experience you must have.

Clark Fork River Outfitter’s Donn Dale (spelling of his first name is, incidentally, correct) landed this monster female rainbow on a black Wooly Bugger just last week. Most of Montana’s rivers are still running high, though flood waters are beginning to recede. There’s always good flat water and many streams are clearing of silt; so pack up your rod, call a friend and go fishing somewhere.

People drive for miles for a trout like this brood-stock rainbow.

She came to a black Wooly Bugger beneath Donn Dale's skillful hands.

Are we having fun yet? This is the kind of experience available for anyone willing to learn the art of fly fishing. Those willing to put a little extra cash into the gas tank (especially in these times) can take themselves to fine trout waters almost anywhere in the Western US or lower reaches of Canada. There’s nothing like mountain therapy to take away the winter blues and wash away spring-time frustrations.

One thing is sure: You won’t catch fish if you don’t put yourself somewhere on water that holds them. Fishing remains one of the world’s great get-away adventures. It doesn’t cost a whole lot and it builds memories that last.

What else can I write? Go fishing, my friend. Catch something to remember.
~Dwayne Parsons     Twitter@ifishwrite