Poems, Essays and Other Ramblings of an Illiterate Fly Fisherman
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This is Laurel Mountain in the John Muir Wilderness. I took this shot from Hot Creek Ranch, about five or six miles away from the peak. I've had people ask me why I fly fish for trout; you know, why not fish for some species that you can get more easily? "Trout", I tell 'em, "don't live in ugly places". I think this shot demonstrates the point. Hot Creek is about 200 feet behind me in this photograph.
The eastern Sierra is much more dramatic than the western slope, although most of the gold was discovered over there. Lots of old westerns were filmed here, including "North to Alaska" with John Wayne right here on the ranch. The drama is most notable around Lone Pine, California, at the eastern foot of Mount Whitney, with the giant boulders of "The Alabama Hills" between the town and the mountain.
I grew up in Kentucky, and learned to fly fish on small ponds and lakes, mostly for Bluegill, but sometimes for Largemouth Bass. After I moved to California following my return from Vietnam, and thanks to the help of a couple of women who knew me better than I knew myself, I came back to my boyhood love of fly fishing.