Exquisite




It's hard to beat the perfect day.  Is it late summer?  Early autumn?  Maybe the day is somewhere in between.  A September day that by afternoon noses into the eighties.   I spend it by hiking into the high country.

The miles go by, I hike quickly in the comfort of the cool morning.  Aspens are yellowing, so is the thimbleberry that carpets the stream bottom trail.  Huckleberry bushes that failed to produce fruit this year put on a show of crimson.  Its as if to say "sorry for the lack of berries, here's some crimson leaves instead."





I reach the lake.  Its calm, mostly.  I drop my pack, pull out a ground tarp to set on the soggy ground, and settle in the watch for a while.  Such splendor.  A clear blue sky.  An alpine lake. Mountains.  Bear poop. 





A fish rises, then another.  I watch.  No need to hurry.  My dates not going anywhere.  She'll continue to leave little rings on the lake surface.  She can't afford to miss a meal you know.  

And so I fish.  It's a reunion of sorts. Its been two years since  I last checked in.









I catch one, wait for it to settle down in the net, then take photos. I marvel at the delicate lines, the exquisite color.  Grayling remind me of those tropical fish....Siamese fighting fish.  Only prettier, and more sporting on a fly rod.











I catch a couple more, then call it good.  I  kick back and watch the little rings on the lake surface.  Hopefully they'll still be here in a couple of years.  Me too. 


Comments

  1. Les: Sounds like a wonderful Fall outing. Great shots of the Grayling. Amazing colors in the unique dorsal fin. A great prize.
    bob

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  2. Hi Bob, yes a great outing. Weather change is imminent. Rain here this morning, snow likely in the high country that I visited the other day. Bring on the blue winged olives!

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  3. Les: Yes, bring on the Olives! We've had some here but I've yet to experience a good hatch yet or simply haven't been out with ideal conditions, or the right river. I'm looking forward to a long weekend on the Mo sometime in October as fishing is usually some of the best of the season. I go there to "go out with a bang".
    bob

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    1. Hmm...the Mo in October. Sounds pretty good. One of oh so many options. Still need to get back down the the Henry's Fork (I haven't been humbled enough). As for the blue winged olives, I did a bad thing yesterday. I tied some 22's.

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  4. Exquisite grayling, Les. Are those fish stocked in the lakes up there?

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    1. They are pretty fish Walt, most unique too. They were stocked many years ago and now are self sustaining.

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  5. Lester
    Awesome post, I only wish the wife and I could have made it up your way on our recent western trip. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Too bad we couldn't hook up in the Park. As I indicated on your blog, it was really too warm though. It has snowed in the high country since I did this hike last Sunday. Water temperatures have come down nicely. Looks like you had a nice trip regardless.

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