A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Octave Zangs , a complete stranger who had found me on Instagram. In the e-mail, he proposed a trip to the Owens River Gorge, a place I'd never been, seven hours from the comfort of my San Francisco studio. Yea....usually that's a no, but thanks for the offer. I'm glad I took time to look into it though, because I found that he'd done some really great work as a cinematographer. He's an avid fly fisherman, former commercial fly tier, and super talented photographer to boot. Making the trip even more enticing, he had invited Jason Fitzgibbon, a wildlife biologist, photographer and passionate outdoorsman. Through the magic of Instagram, Octave had assembled a great team of people with a passion for wild trout, solitude, and the beauty of California's natural resources.
The following 48 hours were filled with great stories of past fishing trips, conversations about the wild resources we love most, and lots of brown trout in the Owens River Gorge and the Upper Owens River. In the end, the weekend was more than I could have imagined. I came away with a resolute determination to explore the unknown more often and seek the hidden creeks and rivers that I only know as faint blue lines on the topo map. I'm starting from yes more often!