March 26, 2012 by Art of the Angle
It’s so hard to summarize an amazing event in such a limited space. Even full length videos would fall short trying to encapsulate such an amazing weekend.
Shari (my bride to be), Samuel (my bad golden retriever) and I took a short trip to the mountains of North Carolina. We wanted to fly fish and sure up our wedding plans and deposits for our fall wedding at the Switzerland Inn.
Shari only just started fly fishing the night before on a local bass pond. She quickly proved her ability to cast, mend line and hook fish on her own.
Once the wedding deposits were made, we figured it best to secure a room for the night. Not an easy task with an 85 pound golden retriever, special as he is. The local hotel was booked because of some event but the hotel manager directed us to a quant bed and breakfast just across the river. They allowed pets he said and assured me it was a nice place.
We arrived a few minutes later and we immediately fell in love with this place. Its called the Richmond Inn located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. It is a turn of the century home graced with appropriate functional antiques and spacious rooms. We were welcomed as if we were old friends too long between visits.
Charming and homely, we found it difficult to leave. I will post a separate piece for them with all the contact information because you will want to visit this inn.
Shari, Samuel and I went to Little Rock Creek. Its one of my favorite streams and it has never let me down. It boasts a healthy population of wild browns and rainbows and a variety of water types to challenge all levels of fly fishing skill.
Without too much detail, we braved several down pours and the shenanigans of a rambunctious aged golden to collectively hang about a dozen good fish. We even managed the “slam” (brook, brown and rainbow) before calling it quits. We caught them primarily on my signature nymph called the Crystal Blue Persuasion.
It was a wonderful time. We made new friends and Shari had the proper initiation to the world of fly fishing…life is grand!