My fly fishing journey started only four years ago. I guess that you could say that I was a late bloomer. When I hit my mid-life crisis…I hit it smack on like a freight train. Nothing was going to be taken for granted any longer. I had a thirst for learning. A craving for adventure. I wanted to spend more time outdoors with nature. What was the answer? Fly fishing. I remember my grandfather taking us on camping trips to Yellowstone
National Park and stressing the importance of keeping the fish and wildlife populations intact and healthy for future generations to enjoy. It was meant to be a land of enchantment, abundant wildlife and life long memories.
So, it wasn’t too surprising that years later, I would have the yearning to see Yellowstone on my own time and explore the beautiful rivers and creeks up close and personal. In June 2009, my fly fishing journey began. The beginner fly fishing class that I took, carpooled up to the Firehole River in Yellowstone. Standing beside the Firehole is an amazing experience in itself! It's a world of bright colors and steaming pools...what a sight! The YNP is famous for its stunning geothermal features such as geysers, steam vents and thermal pools. And where else can you find one of the most exotic, free-flowing rivers in the country?
A special thanks to the organizations above that have brought this essay contest to the OBN outdoor bloggers. It has been an amazing opportunity to learn more about the challenges of the lake trout epidemic of Yellowstone Lake and the solutions that will bring the Yellowstone Cutthroat back into the fold and keep Yellowstone National Park in it's most pristine condition.