Journal: A game of chance

My thoughts on life, fly fishing and living.

I consider myself to be an adventurous person when it comes to fly fishing and outdoor activities. I’m always searching out new waters and locations, because curiosity always trumps the safe bet for me.

Small mountain stream fly fishing

Sometimes that is a great thing; rewarding in many cases. Other times, however, it’s a big game of chance. I’ve always been willing to play that game, even if it meant a losing outcome, because I’ve always had the drive to find out what else is out there.

Instead of being content with the usual three or four safe fishing spots that every angler in my area knows about, I’d rather explore ones they don’t know about, or are not willing to explore. The pay off is big when you strike it lucky, but it can be unfulfilling when you don’t. There is something truly magical about finding wild trout waters and the beautiful fish that inhabit them. The opportunity to meet fish that have likely never had a fly tossed their way is exciting, and what drives me to explore miles and miles of natural scenery.

There is something truly magical about finding wild trout waters and the beautiful fish that inhabit them.

I’ve spent many days driving, walking and searching only to find waters that were basically unfishable, or simply couldn’t support a fishable population. This happens most often when searching out small mountain streams. Directions are unclear, word-of-mouth slightly changed the story down through the grapevine; the reasons are sometimes endless. When you’re searching for roads with no names to creeks not much bigger than the road you found it on, it can be a total crap shoot as to what you’ll find.

Luckily for me, no matter what I end up finding, I take joy in knowing that I found it and I get to experience it. Sometimes that sucks from a fishing standpoint. But other times, it’s just awesome to take in the beauty of nature and enjoy natural scenery for what it is.

When I do get lucky, and bring those elusive wild trout to hand, it simply further justifies my reasons for being there to begin with and why I set out to seek them.

So I’ll almost always forego the typical hatchery supported waters and take my chances out there in the unknown. It’s a gamble, but the rewards are always worth the effort when it pays off.

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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