We scurried down the last slope and over a car sized boulder to be greeted with this pool as the first piece of water we would see for the day. Today was my turn to go first and I was stoked to get a fly in the water as this was another one of those spots you just KNOW deep down (for you Dennis Leary guys this feeling was deep below the sub-cockles) that there was a fish just waiting to destroy whatever came by. It would be a challenge to cast as the scrub grew in so close to, and even over, the water. I pulled line off the reel and made the first cast well short just to get the feel for the water and get enough line to load the rod and reach the target...the soft seam at the base of the boulder. The second cast I fired right on target and did not even have enough time to mentally congratulate myself on the placement as buttery lightning streaked out and nailed the fly just after splash down!
We finished of the trip with a few more fish in the last hundred feet or so, with the nicest fish being this brown. We wanted to keep on going but knew that we had to start back out to get out while there was still light...wouldn't want to try and make this hike in the dark. We took in one last look up the box canyon and started our way back towards the car. About a hour and a half later we were back on the back bumper pulling off our wading shoes to end what had been another awesome trip. There was not a lot of conversation as we slowly wound our way back across the open countryside towards our small pocket of civilization...we were just looking around and soaking as much in as we could since it will be a bit before we see it again.
I was so busy while we were there, and since I have been back, that I did not even have a chance to look through the pictures on the camera before cleaning up each day to be shared. I get goosebumps looking back at what we did and look forward to making the trip again...something that I now know will happen in 347 days. Yup, we already have July 12-14 set aside for the return trip in 2014! If you are interested in tagging along give Greg Senyo a call (419.466.9382) and he can fill you in on the details as long as there are open spots available. This is a trip that I plan to make every year I am physically able...truly a special spot.