Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Journey to Valhalla

Nick and I have been fishing buddies for a while now and aside from him using spinners and I fishing flies we have a surprising amount in common.  We are both young and pretty.  We fish hard and are in the best shape of our lives.  You wouldn't want to get in the ring with either one of us and when we team up everybody better watch out. 

One of my favorite things about trout fishing is exploring new places and Nick is the same way.  Sometimes you go to a new place and at the end of the day you almost wonder if you should have stayed home.  Once in a while you find a stream that reminds you why you put on countless miles in search of really good water.  Nick recently found one of those places and he invited me to come and check it out.

It was just getting light out when we started fishing and the fog was heavy. 

 Nick had said there would be places that would be tough to wade so we decided to take my canoe.  I love my canoe.
 Nick caught a nice Brook Trout right off the bat.  After releasing it he picked up a paddle and started paddling.  I advised him to put down his paddle and cast to the right bank instead.  Only one of us needed to be paddling at any given time.  On about his third or fourth cast he informed me that he had a fish on and it was big.
 He was able to get the fish near me and I quickly scooped it up into my net.
 It ended up being Nick's first Brown Trout over 20 inches which is the benchmark for a trophy sized Brown Trout.  It actually measured 21 inches.
 What a beauty.
 It was a great morning canoeing and fishing under a veil of fog.
 I was constantly impressed with the scenery.
 Eventually I would catch a Brook Trout on my signature Olive Bugger.
 Then I found a tree with four distinct flavors of fruit.  Cherry, Lime, Lemon and Orange.  I named it "Skittles of the Forest".
 Sometimes it got pretty thick.
 Then it would open up again.
 On my recent trip out west I had a lot of trouble with my dry flies becoming waterlogged so I decided to invest in an Amadou Fly Drying Patch.  I found one on Ebay sold by Nelson.  Nelson did a good job.  I thought it was cool that my fly made and imprint.
 On both sides.
 Nelson's fly drying patches have the thickest Amadou in the industry.  They are also less expensive than the competition.
 Here is a Brown Trout.
 Here is a Brook Trout.
 Hey what's that?
 "Hey Nick, let's get out of here!"
 "Hey Eddie, cant you see I am fishing?"
 This stream changed character about five different times on our journey.
 Can't forget the selfy.
 What a nice stretch.
 It was nice having the canoe along.
We even kept a few for the frying pan.  They tasted delicious.


Ryan Frick said...

Can you take me out to catch a 21 inch brown too? Great post and it's great to see Nick again!

Eddie Rivard said...

We need to fish together again soon.

Fading Angler said...

The legend grows: Eddie Rivard, International Man of Mystery, Legendary Streamer Angler, Trout Guide Extraordinaire. Eat your heart out, Hank Patterson!

What's next? Nymphing on the River Styx? ;)

Eddie Rivard said...

Thanks Chris! I'll see about that Styx River thing.

Sara said...

Hey Eddie!
Great blog, so much to read and nice pictures!
Is there an email adress where one could contact you?

Justin Carf said...

Take me after you take Ryan! Haha What a great trip!

Eddie Rivard said...

Will do Justin! Sara my email address is

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