Fridays on the Fly: The Pure Line

first_imgI bet scads of anglers have walked on a bridge or on a high trail in the mountains, looked at the water far below, and wondered, Has anyone ever fished that? I often follow that with: There have to be some big lunkers down there, and It would be so cool to find out. One summer day, I was standing on the edge of a cliff looking down at such a place: the North Platte River in Wyoming’s Fremont Canyon.I knew the fishing upstream to be excellent, but I wanted to find out if it was even better down where no one could reach it. My friend, Doug Heggart, and I had had a blast fishing that morning. We’d double-hooked large trout with our tenkara rods and enjoyed an unusually windless day. Then, knowing of my other main passion, rock-climbing, Doug took me up the canyon. I peered down the sheer walls, my gaze going back and forth between potential climbing lines and the pools in the water below. There have to be some big lunkers down there, right?A year later, I recruited another friend, Steve Conrad, to return to Fremont Canyon and help me answer that question. Like me, Steve is a fly-fishing climber. Normally, my fly gear is as simple as it gets: a telescopic tenkara rod, line and fly. I leave the reel and other stuff behind in favor of this Japanese method of fly-fishing that I discovered and introduced to the US in 2009. But in order to fish Fremont Canyon, we also needed climbing ropes, and a decent amount of hardware, harnesses, climbing shoes… perhaps because my other activities are so gear-intensive, I keep my fly-fishing simple.Learn more about this Colorado fly fishing adventure in the June issue of our sister publication, Elevation Outdoors!last_img read more

“Postponed Tokyo Olympics a blessing”- Ben Nunoo Mensah

first_imgThe President of the Ghana Olympics Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah has stated that the Coronavirus pandemic may have a positive effect on Ghanaian athletes after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the Olympic Games due to the outbreak of COVID-19 globally as countries battle with the effects of the virus.Ghana will have athletes representing in the postponed 2020 Games to be hosted by Tokyo in Japan.According to the President of the GOC, the forwarding of the Olympic Games could be blessing in disguise as athletes will have enough time to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Games.He, however, cautioned that the current situation could have a negative impact as late preparations for the athletes will not help the course when Ghana takes centre stage in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.He was speaking on a Zoom discussion on the Impact of Covid-19 on Ghana Sports on Happy FM and GTV Sports Plus on Wednesday.“Postponement of the Olympics games is a form of blessings for us because we will have ample time to prepare for it”.“If care is not taken, this blessing can be a curse because we are used to late preparations”“Athletes can re-adjust their training programmes”.Ghana has four athletes qualifying for the Tokyo Games which has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Nadia Eke – Triple Jump, Joseph Paul Amoah – Sprinter, Samuel Takyie – Boxer, Sulemana Tetteh – Boxer.The new dates for the Olympic Games are from Friday, 23 July 2021 to Sunday, 8 August 2021.last_img read more