Photos By: Matt Bornhorst
I had a trip to one of my favorite North Georgia creeks scheduled for a couple weeks and was thoroughly looking forward to it. Work had been quite busy and I needed that relaxing day on the water like no one's business.
This was going to be a bit different scenario for me though. I was taking a newbie with me. Andy and I have been good friends since our college days and he has been itching to translate his salt water success into to some small stream, fresh water hookups. I gotta be honest, I was really quite anxious about taking a new fly fisher with me as I don't consider myself to be good enough to be teaching others. But the more I thought about it, the more I looked forward to doing my best Mr. Miyagi impersonation.
Two days before we were slated to get our waders wet, I woke up feeling like garbage...hot garbage to be exact. I was running a fever in the middle of a Georgia summer. I thought to myself; "If I tough out the next two days, I will be fine for Saturday...".
I was partially correct...
That fever never subsided. So after seeing my thermometer read out of 99 degrees Saturday morning, I convinced myself that wading in the cool mountain water would put my illness into submission.
Half way down the trail to the river, I told Andy that I may not be as spry as I usually would and that he may have to carry me out, but I was dying to get him hooked up on a good size trout. Both of us missed quite a few fish this day, but Andy did bring a beautifully colored rainbow to hand. It wasn't a trophy by any stretch, but that little 10 inch 'bow was very satisfying to me.
All in all, it was a good day on the water. Solitude, scenery and giving a good friend some tricks of the trade. Andy is supposed to head back to this same stream towards the end of the month, and I am fully expecting him to give a monster trout a sore lip.
If he does, I will take 100% credit for it and boast to everyone that I am the greatest instructor ever.
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