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

USC donates $1 million to Hazard Recreation Center

first_imgThe Hazard Recreation Center, nestled in East Los Angeles, received a donation for $1 million from the University of Southern California to implement recreational and architectural improvements around the area.The park is adjacent to USC’s Health Sciences Campus and serves as a local hangout spot. The recreation center includes new facility features, such as basketball courts, a children’s play area and an indoor gym.Last week, Martha Escutia, the vice president for USC Government Relations offered the check on behalf of C.L. Max Nikias and USC. The donation ceremony proposed to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation had an attendance of more than 200 district locals.José Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilmember of the 14th District, was among the ceremony’s large group of spectators.Huizar aided Escutia in granting the $1 million donation. Before the donation was given, the Hazard community reached out to Huizar and USC to help provide upgrades to the park. USC’s original plan to build a connecting street from Soto Street to the HSC was withdrawn.“I’m so proud to work with the city and the USC Government Relations and Civic Engagement teams who welcomed community dialogue,” Huizar said in a statement released by USC News. “I’m also proud to serve communities who welcomed the help to improve the lives of all who work, live, study or receive medical help around the neighborhood.”The USC contribution will fund improvements for the park and recreation center, including additional parking spaces, tennis courts and exercise equipment. Groups helping aid renovations to the recreation center include the Hazard Preservation Committee and the City Department of Parks and Recreation.last_img read more