Till Next Year
With all the winter gates in Kananaskis Country that lay up against the southern AB Rockies about to be locked down for the winter, and access to many of my favorite areas off limits till next year, I headed out to one of my favorite locations in K country where I spent the morning hiking in the backcountry that borders the headwaters of the Sheep River.
Standing on this lookout overlooking the Sheep, I was remembering the many times over the past 30 years that I have cast a fly over the pristine waters of the Sheep river and many of the other streams that flow out of the Rockies.
Not to far from where I'm standing in this photo, and downstream a ways, I was remembering the day that I had left my truck parked near the canyon the Sheep flows through, and with everything I needed to spend the day on the river, I headed out for the day.
While wading upstream and casting a dry fly over all the productive runs, I came to a logjam that was bordered on either side by steep cliffs that gave me no choice but to work my way over the logjam.
Now normally someone more sane than myself would have possibly used both hands to climb over the logjam. However I had one of my favorite (expensive) flyrods with me, and I was being very protective of it, holding it in one hand while using my other hand to climb over the logjam. Big mistake, as I lost my footing and all I could think of was saving my flyrod!
Well.....when the dust settled.....er would that be the water, I managed to not lose my flyrod, or have it get damaged, however I managed to tear a six inch gash in the waders that I was wearing.
So much for the day I planned on spending on the Sheep, as with my waders out of commission, I headed back downstream to my truck and home.
Still, over the years I have spent many other productive days fishing the Sheep for cutthroat trout, and I plan on continuing the tradition, that is when the streams opens for fishing next year, and the winter gates open up again of course.
In the meanwhile, there's still a lot of daylight left for more exploring the upper reaches of the Sheep on this day.
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Typical day fishing the Sheep river.....
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