Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
Make no mistake about it, these really are unprecedented times. Simple cordial acts like shaking hands, going into the post office, or getting groceries have been altered for the foreseeable future. Life has been turned upside down and uncertainty is the new norm we're all left with. There is hardly a corner of life that hasn't been impacted by COVID-19. Even fishing has seen its share of upheaval, with trout season abruptly opening over a week early and fishing guides being shut down until further notice. Despite all of this, fly fishing still offers up the welcome reprieve that we all so desperately need from time to time, and even more so right now.
Last Tuesday we were in the middle of playing with our son when I received several texts all at once that trout season had opened that morning. After confirming that is was true and not just a joke on Facebook, we geared up and ventured to our local stream five minutes away. It's important to fish locally right now, and we are blessed to have several viable options right near the house. We were going to switch things up this time and see if Brecken and Stephanie could connect on their first fish together.
We've been out together as a family a few times now, and it's quickly becoming apparent that our window of opportunity is about 15 minutes long. That's forced us to check out favorite spots close to the road and avoid longer hikes that eat up too much fishing time. Once Steph started fishing this particular run, it seemed like maybe no one was home. Usually the first couple casts produce a fish, but the first five minutes came up empty. Then, as she worked closer to the head of the riffles, a rainbow smashed her fly and after a short fight her and Brecken landed their first fish together!
After a few pictures we decided to tempt fate and cast a few more times before calling it quits. It was then that a great brown trout ate, and the nice fish sent us on a hasty trip downstream to try and land it. Aside from being memorable for the obvious reasons, it's one of the nicest fish we've ever caught out of this stream! This was a great opportunity to end on a high note and for a brief few moments we forgot about all things related to COVID-19, the economic impacts, and the fact that Brecken hadn't seen anyone else in almost a month. Fishing provided us the perfect retreat from reality for a while, and in the process another wonderful memory was made as a family.
We are still selling guide trip gift certificates for later in the 2020 season! While we don't know exactly when we'll be able to guide again, any trip purchased now can be redeemed anytime for trout or steelhead!
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