Getting off the beaten path

If you really want to find amazing places to fish, you’ll have to be willing to get off of the beaten path.

We have some awesome rivers and creeks here in South Carolina that are absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun to fish. The problem is, everybody and their brother knows about them. That means tons of pressure and plenty of people trying to claim the same spots when it comes to fishing.

But see, I learned something a long time ago that most of those other people either don’t realize, or they’re just too lazy to care. If you want to find some epic fishing spots, you have to get off of the beaten path.

I’m always amazed when I pull up to a local spot and see 6 other cars there and everyone is fishing within casting distance of the parking lot. These are usually the typical spin fishermen who are clearly enjoying the river for a different purpose than I am. It’s the guys (and gals) that have no regard for the laws, always leave trash laying around and usually have absolutely no respect for the wonderful resources they’ve been given to enjoy.

They are not willing to walk a mile down stream in order to find that little hole that is just screaming to be stalked. They won’t put in 30 minutes of walking to get a spot all to themselves and probably never see another person all day. I will and I do. I’m okay with giving up the easy spots that I know are fished to death in order to find more peaceful and inviting waters, even if that means burning an hour of daylight to do it.

Besides, getting to the location that I want to fish is half the fun. Exploring new areas, enjoying the scenery and spending the day out in the wonderful open air is all part of a day of fishing for me.

So I guess I should be glad that those others aren’t willing to put in the effort to find other good locations, that just means it’ll be open when I get there.


Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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