It can be fun to throw yourself into something new, and last week while taking a short vacation to Colorado I was offered a chance to go on a 1/2 day guided fly fishing trip and couldn't say no. Colorado was just an incredible location to give it a real try for the first time.
We met our guide at Minturn Anglers, and were outfitted with wadders before climbing into our guide's truck. Driving up the narrow valley, along narrow mountain roads, we crossed the gorgeous steel arch bridge (bellow), and turn off onto a side road, hiking down to the confluence of two small mountain streams. I hadn't tried to fly fish since I was about 13 years old, so I spent as much time as I could learning from the guide, and giving it a try. The creek here was not just a calm brook, but was full of large boulders creating rapids and small pools. I mostly focused on fishing, but the location was too gorgeous to not stop and take some photos.
After an hour or two of fishing, we climbed back into the truck to try a second location. Further up the mountain, a small valley opened up holding a small meadow. Winding through the meadow, the creek was a little more calm, making it easier to move along the creek, trying our luck as we made out way along the creek.
While we completely struck out on catching a single fish, our guide Nick really was an incredible resource, teaching us a huge amount during our short trip. Now its time to find a chance to try it again.