Lacking a permit for a river trip this year, and needing connection to this magical waterway, I headed out this weekend with Adam K to do some fishing, see some wilderness, gain some quiet. We succeeded.
We camped at Dagger Falls and hiked the Middle Fork of the Salmon for 2 days, fishing and walking and taking it all in. We even made our way to the boat launch at Indian Creek, just to see it. The anticipation and nervousness and excitement on the part of the boaters launching was palpable. I was jealous.
We watched salmon leaping up Dagger Falls, too. A surprisingly emotional experience. Beautiful and tragic and noble. (You can't see them in this picture, but they're there, working the lower falls on the left and the steep second tier above it.)
A fantastic weekend, and great potential for easy backpack trips to amazing fishing spots in the future.