Stress relief is only one of the reasons chasing wild fish matters to me. I was drawn to fishing as a child because of the beautiful, wild places that fish (particularly salmonids) tend to live. These wild places make you feel truly small. Whether you're in the High Sierra, Patagonia, or the massive landscapes of Montana, the search for wild trout will make you feel small.
While we were there, we stayed in an old abandoned camp ground on the opposite side of the river from the main access road. This led to a weekend without seeing a soul. We had the river to ourselves and it was amazing. The quiet, solitude of the river. The deep, persuasive waters. The strong, healthy wild fish, all made for a weekend where we felt truly immersed in the wild places we love. It's a humbling experience to know the river you're in has the upper hand and that you've got to think about every step you make to avoid serious consequences. It's humbling to be in a river completely surrounded by mountains, trees, osprey, and king fishers. It's fishing in places like this that make me feel truly small. This humbling experience brings perspective to my place on planet earth. We're part of a system that is much, much bigger than we are. It's important for us to recognize that from time to time. We have the potential to have an impact on the resources we use, lets make sure our role has a net positive impact on the wild places we love to fly fish.