A few weeks ago Lane and I took off to Victor Idaho for a fly fishing adventure and to support a great non profit, Casting 4 a Cure. To put it simply, the weekend was amazing! We fished all day and poured wine all night while visiting with some stellar people from around the country.
Casting 4 a cure is a non-profit that supports Rhett Syndrome which is a neurodevelopmental disorder attributed to the grey matter of the brain and almost exclusively affects females. It was amazing and emotional to learn about the disorder from fathers that are passionate about fighting for their daughters well being and a cure for Rhett Syndrome.
Our first day out fishing Mike, Bluebird ambassador, took us to the Henry’s Fork river below Lower Mesa Falls. We picked up a few cups of joe, snack packs for myself and hit the road through the gorgeous Idaho countryside. We arrived at the top of an extremely steep 800 foot trail. The steep gravel and dirt trail led down to the river and Mike broke out some serious manliness - he threw on some old work gloves and manhandled the large soft bottom boat down the steep trail. After Lane and I struggled just to get down the trail we hopped in the boat and took off down the river. The water was quick and unruly at the put-in but I managed to catch a few small trout and landed one just before we dropped over a 6 foot waterfall. It was an awesome feeling getting tossed around in the white water while catching fish!
Lane finally managed to catch a trout after a few pointers from our expert guide Mike. It was a blast watching Mike navigate the boat down the river and Lane fighting to land the fish at the same time. Halfway down the river we threw out the anchor and stopped for a nice turkey sandwich lunch. We relaxed and took in the gorgeous scenery and beautiful “bluebird” day. Lane and I both admired Mike’s daily lunch spot and were massively jealous of the beautiful place he calls home. Our journey continued down the river catching several more fish along the way and Lane catching one last fish at the boat landing to tie my fish count.
After a long day on the river we poured wine and told tall tales and listened to stories from the fun day on the river. We also listened to Doctor Steve talk about Rhett syndrome and the progress they are making in their trials and research. The founder of Casting 4 a Cure gave an emotional and inspiring speech about his experience with the Rhett and how it's impacted his familys life.
The following day Mike had another adventure planned. I delayed our journey by making an amateur mistake and forgetting my fishing license at the cabin but we stopped at a local bait shop on the way and picked up a duplicate license. Good thing because we came across the game warden at the end of the day. Don’t forget your license kids! We grabbed our gear and took off up the trail journeying deeper into the the woods to Big Elk Creek. We fished a few pools after a long hike up the trail and got a few bites but didn’t land any fish.
Mike took us to his secret hole where we walked up on to trout gleefully jumping out of the water for flies. It was a spectacular site! We played rock paper scissor to see who went first and obviously I won. Mike and I quietly crept into the water to get into position and after several thrilling tries I finally caught a nice sized cutthroat. Lane managed to catch a nice sized cutthroat on his first cast which he continues to remind me of. It was Mike’s turn as he had his eye on a hog that was swimming far away from us feeding in shallow water. He gracefully casted his dry fly way down river like he was Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It. He’s that good looking too. The fish drilled the fly as Mike yanked back on the rod setting the hook. After a few minutes of fighting the fish in, I helped him net the large 22” cut throat. It was a magical experience watching Mike catch such a big fish in such a shallow creek.
That night we poured more wine and enjoyed our final night with all of the new friends we made on the trip. It was an awesome weekend supporting a great cause, fishing spectacular mountain rivers and sharing our delicious wine with great people. Can’t wait for next year.