Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mountain Loop Fly Fishing - Give-Away Reminder!

First, where are all of you lovely commenter’s? I know you’re out there! Don’t forget I’m having a give-away of a nifty Clover Desktop Needle Threader! Just leave me a comment through Friday and I will announce a winner over the weekend from a random drawing.

I haven’t had much time for quilting this week. It’s one of the busiest times of the year at work. So I thought I would post some pictures from our summer of fly fishing on the “Mountain Loop”. Actually, the Mountain Loop is a 2 lane highway that runs along the South Fork of the Stillaguamish and South Fork of the Sauk Rivers from Granite Falls to Darrington, WA. I first spent time up there in grade school attending Camp Silverton. Those are some of my best and most fond memories of growing up. Every summer the school busses would take us up to the woods for a week where we stayed in A-Frame cabins, hiked, swam, camped out and listened to tales around the campfire every night from a very large man called Tiny. Unfortunately the school district has had to close Camp Silverton due to funding issues. Since this area is less than an hour from where we live, we spend nearly every nice summer weekend day fly fishing up and down the river. We’ve done this for 14 years; this is probably our last summer since we’re moving to another part of the state next year.

Here is my husband making a fine cast in front of the old Camp Silverton site:

This was taken at an area we used to hike called Big 4. Back in the day you could explore huge ice caves at the end of the trail. Nowadays, they are quite dangerous and people are asked to stay out of them.


This is a great spot to catch fish - anywhere one stream intersects another!


My goofy Tilley hat - sure keeps the sun out and your head cool! We were looking for Dolly Varden's on the Sauk River this day.
Spotted some vine maples just beginning to turn on the Sauk.
Goat Peak - above the historic mining town of Monto Cristo. It's now only accessible by foot or horse - back in camp days, the school busses drove right up to Monte Cristo!


Part of the trail up to Monte Cristo looking down at one of our favorite fishing holes on the Sauk. There was a huge slide a couple of years ago which obliterated the road/trail. Thanks to the Monte Cristo Preservation Association, this new trail was made.
Beautiful, isn't it!
Spider webs along the trail on a cool October morning.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and please leave me a comment if you happen to stop by!

16 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Lovely lovely photos, beautiful country

chris miller said...

Hi Candace,

Just wanted to say I found your site from CJ's and am enjoying reading it. I live in north central Idaho close to the Idaho/Washington line, so perhaps we'll be "neighbors" when you move.

I don't fish, but I do love the beautiful outdoors we enjoy in the Pacific Northest. DH is a forester and my dad worked for the USFS in fire control, so I've spent many hours in the woods.

I laughed over your bobbin winder story--I have a 200/730 and have done the same. "What is that noise?!?" Thank goodness for happy endings.

Anyway, didn't want you to think no one was reading... :-)

Chris in Idaho

Candace said...

Chris, sounds like you will be very close to us when we move! We spend a good deal of time around the Salmon River! Maybe we'll get a chance to meet someday! So glad you are enjoying reading and thanks for the comment! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I have done the same thing with my bobbin winder! There needs to be a sign on the machine warning us of this! Love your pictures! You truly live in "God's Country."-Marla

Carrie P. said...

What a beautiful place. I have wanted to learn to fly fish. Maybe one day. My husband has a Tilley hat too. It is a favortie.

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