For much of the past two years, we’ve been on our River Ramble, exploring trout streams across the USA. All total, we’ve been on this journey for 487 days and have visited TU Greatest 100 trout streams in 26 different states. In fact, we’ve now fished 95 of the Top 100 streams and 149 different trout streams in all. I know what you’re thinking, you’re still 5 short, and indeed we are. There is one more state we’ve yet to visit, Alaska. While we are looking forward and already deep into planning our Alaska adventure to fish the final 5 (and a few more of course) of the TU 100, we wanted to take a moment to look back on this past two years.
As we’ve continued to discover, Its Not About the Fish…. its about the people we continue to meet along our Ramble. We’ve been blessed to have fished with some of the best guides in the world on the best trout streams in the world. In small villages and communities, we’ve met some great local fly shop owners and staff who’ve sent us to some off the beaten path fisheries that, while not TU Top 100 streams, easily could have been. What we’ve enjoyed most have been guides, shop owners and community members who’ve befriended us, shared their stories with us and allowed us to see the rivers through their eyes and experiences. We feel so lucky to have met each and every one.
Our tagline for our blog, “Fly fishing, food, friends and fun” has been just that. We’ve sampled more than a few local brews, pubs, diners and dives along the way. We’ve also had a great time visiting family and friends in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and Montana…. rafting, zip lining, pickle ball, baseball, hiking and of course, fishing too.
Our “mothership”, the SaraLinda, has performed like a champ, taking us nearly 35,000 miles along this journey. We’ve camped in state forests, state parks, national parks, Corps of Engineers campgrounds and even dry camped in amazing, remote locations. The 180 sq. ft. we’ve been living in is dwarfed by the incredible outdoor expanse we’ve called home these two years. Our backyards have been the Tetons, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Appalachian Trail, Maine wilderness and stream side campgrounds in most every state we visited.
2016 was a great year and we posted up a “Year in Review” video for it last December. We’ll be fishing numerous streams across the country in 2018 as well as the streams we’ll fish in Alaska, but for now, we wanted to share a look back at 2017. We hope you enjoy this short music video and a few highlights from our 2017 River Ramble.