"In 1939, on a warm day in autumn, Ernest Hemingway stood in the cemetery in Ketchum, Idaho and read aloud.
“He loved the warm sun of summer and the high-mountain meadows, the trails through the timber and the sudden clear blue of the lakes. He loved the hills in the winter when the snow comes,” Hemingway said.
“Best of all he loved the fall…the fall with the tawny and grey, the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods, leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills the high blue windless skies. He love to shoot, he loved to ride and he loved to fish.”
The occasion was a funeral for a friend, Gene Van Guilder, a publicist for the Sun Valley Resort. The eulogy was written not only for Van Guilder but for Hemingway himself and all of us who love the high rugged country and the rivers of Idaho in all their seasons.
With more than 25,000 miles of creeks and rivers within her borders, Idaho can lay claim to some of the most challenging whitewater in North America and the best blue-ribbon trout fishing. Anglers come from all over the world to tempt cutthroat to the fly, steelhead in big brawling rivers, sturgeon from the depths and smallmouth in swift current.
Close to two-thirds of the state’s land mass is owned by all Americans in common, in federal land, parks, national forests and wilderness. Idaho has more wilderness than any state in the lower 48 and anglers can find really good fishing here year-round.
Some of the most rugged country in the lower 48 is found within her borders."
Some years back I was fortunate enough to attend a social function at Ernest Hemingway’s modest Idaho home located just off the Big Wood River north of Ketchum Idaho. It was simple, peaceful and plain. It was the perfect place for him to collect his thoughts and write. I sat there thinking in envy of how fortunate Hemingway was to be able to work in such beautiful setting.It is winter now in Idaho, so the snow and cold are prohibitive to fly fishing. So I read. After a hour or two of looking at hatches, knots, flies and equipment the other evening, I have decided this next summer will be definitely filled with more Idaho fly fishing. Simply take a look at some of my earlier posts and you'll understand-->America's Awesome Idaho
Tight lines to all,