I just accomplished a feat never thought possible in past thirteen years. Between MS smarts, a great family and friend support, I just wrapped up a fly fishing trip at Hot Creek Ranch outside of Mammoth California.
With the right tools, experience and knowledge I took a trip that's been on my bucket list for years. Even one year ago I couldn't do this trip because of my MS. So grateful for my Friends, family, cooling vests, SPF shirts, gloves and neck wraps, cooling foods, and more which allowed me to make this trip. I am not a Wonder Woman. I am still learning. But I have learned many tricks!
Location. Hot Creek Ranch outside of Mammoth, California:
Have you ever been to hot creek ranch, mammoth? It's a private fly fishing ranch in the eastern sierras outside of Mammoth Lakes. I highly recommend it....dry fly only, no wading, completely barbless (to the point it needs to slip through your shirt cleanly), #20 or smaller flies, 6-7x, wind and clear as can be water. This is fly fisher speak. Basically, it's awesome!
Leaving Los Angeles. We head north. Eastern sierras here we come! Air conditioning a must for this girl with MS. 100F through the Owens valley. I keep my cooling vest handy. Even the sun coming in from the window can start to sap my energy. I am using a MediCool vest for this trip.
We Stopped at Alabama Hill Cafe in Lone Pine and missed them by 10 minutes. Bummer! They've got some great eats. Looking up at Mt Whitney always does something magical to me. We quickly get back into the AC of the car and head north. Onward to Bishop for food.
We head through Bishop and pick up some essentials. Jerky! Ok, jerky may not be high on the MS diet but it's high protein and fat, and good when out on river. We stocked up.
And then, We arrive! Nothing like being greeted by a big old American flag blowing in the wind.
The temps start cooling a bit as evening approaches. I stroll along the creek and Look back at cabins:
I was also able to spend time with some of the best fly tiers and casters around. So much to learn and loving every minute. I'm fascinated by the fly fishing process.
Hiding from the sun I head out with the girls. Under this mess of clothing is another cooling vest, neck wrap and sun protection. I wrapped the nck wrap up a bit before heading near the water so I wouldn't spook the fish.
My friends take me to the bluffs where there's a nice breeze and a bit of protection from the Eastern Sierra sun. 7:30am and it's still nice and cool.
Not much of a hatch going on but practicing casting, mending and getting a good drift. Missed a few. That's ok.
Project Healing Waters, Desiree, hooks a beautiful little brown trout.
- Found a spot with fish
- Matched the hatch
- Didn't spook the fish
- Mended if necessary
- Got a good drift.
- Eye on the fly
- Set the hook
- Tight lines
And yesterday I hooked up with a nice one! Lost it but that will come with more experience.
And that's what I love about fly fishing. It's the whole package.
Want to learn how to fly fish? I can hook you up with a great teacher!
Thank you for being my support group. For helping me every inch along the way. For some this may not seem like a lot. But for me it was the world!