The mystic and aura that exists deep in the forest is impossible to replicate anywhere else in life; the sensation of knowing that you are miles from the nearest human yet being fully aware that you are surrounded by life. Within the reaches of the wilderness, man has the potential to be both predator and prey, a fact that constantly runs through your mind during your stay. Yet for some reason, a small number of us frequently return to these wild places time and time again.
Throughout my years of fly fishing, one thing has always remained of the highest importance for me: the experience. My passionate pursuit of wild trout has led me to some astonishingly beautiful places and provided me with some of the most memorable moments of my life. I can still vividly remember the first time I heard a coyote’s howl pierce the night air, echoing off the mountain walls in the valley below my camp, sending shivers down my spine. Or the first time I heard the heart stopping vibrations of an agitated timber rattlesnake that froze me in my tracks, miles from my vehicle in the forests of north central Pennsylvania. And of course, who can forget their first bear encounter or elk sighting?
Aside from the personal impacts of loved ones, these are the moments that will remain etched in my memory until my last breath. Truly remarkable days, days which mold our memories, are becoming difficult to find in a society entrenched by the never ending rat race for wealth. But I have every intention of amassing a different type of wealth…a wealth of remarkable memories.
I’m not much of a religious man. But I do believe in a greater force that only exists deep in the mountains, among the miles of untamed trout streams and wildlife free from human intervention. This is a place designed to rejuvenate and enrich the human soul, with each new heart racing experience marking a wilderness baptism. This is my temple, and the unexplained desire to return is my true religion – with fly fishing being the path that lead me to my faith.
Find your next adventure.