Fall Fly Fishing in Red’s Meadow // Alaska Airlines Magazine

I cast a line into the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River in Red’s Meadow Valley, which includes Devils Postpone National Monument and sits about 15 miles southeast of Mammoth lakes. My fly lands on the seam between slow-moving water near the bank and swifter-moving water in the main channel.

The fly runs downstream in this beautiful valley, which is on the other side of Mammoth Mountain from the resort town and ski area. I follow the fly as it bobs with the flow of the water. It passes over a smooth round rock, and then plunges out of sight for a moment, before surfacing and continuing its travels. The river bends and runs through pools formed near the bank. I wonder if a fish is there, ready to strike.

Read the full essay in the October Issue of Alaska Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Alaska Beyond, in seat back pockets now, or online (pg 127-128).


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