Trout Season – The Misfit Saviors

Trout Season – The Misfit Saviors


To me The Ranch is… about six miles of sacred water. People do think it’s snooty but it’s not it’s just literally the masters game. And thats just how it’s played. The Ranch is a place where you go to gauge yourself on where you’re at in fly fishing. In your own abilities. So I owe my life in a sense to the Henry’s Fork. And alot of things, and alot of people. But… majority of the people who have helped me along the way have somehow or another, have had some tie to the Henry’s fork. I owe them everything. Truly. Bryan Gregson is one of the most prolific photographers in fly fishing. If you have picked up any rag even remotely related to fly fishing, you’ve seen his pictures. He travels 200,000 miles a year around the globe where he wins awards for the photography he brings back. Bryan, in alot of ways has “made it”. But the Gregson we see today
started out very differently. Bryan was originally pushing for a career in professional snowboarding. It was all going really good, alot of momentum, and on a big accident I… blew out… all these teeth are fake. I crash landed of a 3 or 4 story building in the middle of the night and, the next day I went riding again thinking it was just a little flesh wound. Then I absolutley blew my knee to smithereens. I was pursuing a very high risk adrenaline life. which I love, and I still do love, and I loved every minute of it but… after the accident I choose to live in a different kind of moment. Where I kind of calm myself and Im not as eager to go out with a bang just quite yet. At the same time Bryan was looking death in the face, in 2010 Utah repealed its stream access law. After a brutal fight Bryan suddenly found the bulk of his home waters off limits to public access. Ultimately with a lack of availbe open water Bryan made a choice. One that changed the trajectory of his life and may have saved it. Bryan moved to the Henry’s Fork river. Island Park Idaho, population 286, arguably the epicenter of fly fishing culture in the United States. It survives because anglers flock here all season. Those visiting anglers hire guides, rent rooms, run up bar tabs, buy flies and waders and rods. They sustain the economy, but they don’t create the community. The Ranch is like a magnet, and that’s exactly why Bryan was pulled there. it’s a place that attracts larger-than-life characters from all corners of the universe. I got more space than… outer space. I started fishing the Henrys Fork in 1989. When I started wearing chrome, “That asshole scared every fish in the water.” By 1991, it became a full-time obsession. Thursday night through Sunday, every weekend, without fail. When I found out it didn’t scare fish and it scared the snot out of fishermen, I cranked it up. Anything bright, anything obtrusive, obnoxious, gaudy repulsive I wore. It gave me more room. I really wanted to learn how to fish this river. It’s a really challenging place. A lot of people come here to test their angling skills in the dry fly world, and a never-ending learning curve. That’s what it is. If we talk about Bryan Gregson, Bryan

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