Fall

I mentioned in my last post that I hoped to soon be enjoying all that Fall in the Lowcountry has to offer, with great redfishing and shrimping. That hasn’t happened yet, but luckily fall arrives late to Charleston, so I still have some time left.

I was, however, able to chase the season a bit earlier then we see it here in the South. It started with a trip to my old homewaters around Crested Butte, Colorado in September. I was there on an architecture shoot, but managed a few days floating the mighty Gunnison with friend and owner of Gunnison River Guides, Jason Booth (www.gunnisonriverguides.com) . The cottonwoods and Aspens began changing when I arrived and kicked it into high gear when the first snows of the season coated the peaks. The changing weather had the fish feeding heavily on the consistent fall mayfly hatches. I enjoy nymphing from a driftboat about as much as any kind of fishing I’ve ever done, I know many people don’t enjoy it as much as Booth and I do, but nothing is as effective at putting more and bigger trout in the boat consistently. We did a lot of nymphing as well as targeted dry fly fishing when the conditions were perfect and also stuck a few good fish on streamers.

After seeing a little snow, I had a quick weekend in the Keys shooting the first annual Saltwater Experience Weekend at Hawk’s Cay and the new Mercury Joystick Piloting system. Then it was back home, then off to the Nantahala area of North Carolina for a family weekend in the southern mountains. We got in a little fishing and hiking with great weather and fall colors.

It’s been a great couple of weeks chasing fall around the country, but again: soon, I hope to enjoy a little fall weather back here in the Lowcountry with a little shrimping and the best redfishing of the season.

A brown trout caught nymphing in the lower stretches of the Upper Gunnison River with Gunnison River Guides.

A brown trout caught nymphing in the lower stretches of the Upper Gunnison River with Gunnison River Guides.

Guide Booth shows off a nice 20 inch rainbow before releasing it back into the Gunnison.

Guide Booth shows off a nice 20 inch rainbow before releasing it back into the Gunnison.

The fall weather can be a bit unpredictable on the Gunnison.

The fall weather can be a bit unpredictable on the Gunnison.

This private stretch  of the East River near Crested Butte looks great under the first snow of the year.

This private stretch of the East River near Crested Butte looks great under the first snow of the year.

Charlie chills in the back seat while Guide Jason Booth steps out to wade fish a nice hole.

Charlie chills in the back seat while Guide Jason Booth steps out to wade fish a nice hole.

The cottonwoods were in full color and the trout were hungry. Angler Scott Hahn with a fish on with Guide Jason Booth.

The cottonwoods were in full color and the trout were hungry. Angler Scott Hahn with a fish on with Guide Jason Booth.

Gunnison River Guides owner Jason Booth releases a nice brown while Charlie looks on.

Gunnison River Guides owner Jason Booth releases a nice brown while Charlie looks on.

Mercury's Joystick Piloting system moving this Yellowfin completely sideways

Mercury’s Joystick Piloting system moving this Yellowfin completely sideways (yes he motors are suppose to look like that).

The view from Wesser's Bald on the Appalachian Trail.

The view from Wesser’s Bald on the Appalachian Trail.

The fall colors were in full effect at Tellico Gap, NC.

The fall colors were in full effect at Tellico Gap, NC.

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