Fishing the Wilderness

The following is an excerpt from BHA Member, Jeff Young's new book The River's Voice.
 
thumbnail.jpgI have a favorite place to fish that I will not describe in detail. I plan to keep it special; a place that only I know about, or a few adventurous souls who figure it out for themselves. There are many places in New Mexico where one can park a car, and head 20 feet or so to the river to find fish. In these places you will find crowds, camps, and kids throwing rocks. Although I am not snobby enough to say I won't fish those place, (I often do fish them!), I still enjoy the quiet and solitude that my favorite place brings me when I am there.
 
There are a couple of ways to get to my wilderness "honey hole", however, they all involve hiking. On one route the hike is through the middle of the stream. On one occasion I didn't want to disclose my access point and looked at a map for an alternative way in. I found a place where I could hike over a long ridge, and then down a canyon to get there. This way I would go undetected by people who parked at my other access point. Although my parking spot was a bit risky, it turned out to be perfect, and I enjoyed a nice walk through a ponderosa forest and spotted some deer on the way in.
 
When I am fishing the wilderness, all troubles fade away; I feel a peace that I cannot feel in the home of civilized man. As I work my way up the stream, I see nothing but wildlife, beautiful scenery, and a crystal clear trout waters. It is fly fishing as it was meant to be.
 
Read more of Jeff's book here.
 
To support BHA's efforts to keep your honey hole wild, join us or donate here.
About Jeff Young

See other posts related to the campfire Backcountry Stories bha news