Valley Creek… The first fly fishing trip of the year. I went out today to test some fresh gear and drown a few of my new fly tying creations.
I was very impressed with the beauty and water clarity of Valley Creek. Although pollution keeps you from eating fish from the creek, the water was beautiful in comparison to the warm water I’m used to fishing in the area.
This was my first time fishing Valley Creek and my first time fly fishing in about 10 years. Traditionally a lure and bait fisherman, I’m fascinated by the amount of skill and stillness I find in all aspects of fly fishing. Somehow the sport captures the essence of frustration and peace and blends them into a beautiful (and sometimes chaotic) mix.
With the cool air temperature, casting problems, and my general lack of familiarity with the water, I didn’t stray too far from the parking area.
The fishing trip lasted a brief two hours and yielded zero fish. I saw one rise but with my clumsy casting and erratic stomping around I’m sure the fish had a pretty good time laughing at me.
Next time I go fly fishing I’m going to find a wider creek to fish and perhaps go after some stocked trout rather than the elusive Brown Trout of Valley Creek.
If you noticed this post has a bunch of really cool pics. I was lucky enough to bring wifey with me to Valley Creek so she could have fun taking pictures (mostly of me making a fool of myself) while I fished. I left some of these pictures large so you can click them and see them in full size. Other than the two that are of me, the rest are pretty cool looking.
I learned a lot today and even though I didn’t catch anything a few hours of casting practice were an amazingly awesome way to spend my Sunday afternoon!
Do you fish the Valley Creek? Tell us all about it in the comments below!