Written by: Mike Mazzoni, summer intern at Falcon’s Ledge
I never would have thought one of my greatest fishing experiences would start and end with a pile of dirty dishes. When
Falcon’s Ledge Head Chef and fly-fishing guru Scott Pizza and I crunched the timeframe and steps necessary to make our evening dash to a local stream worth our while, we knew it would be a race against the kitchen clock. Scott, as always, served an extravagant meal. I rounded up the dishes, threw them in the sink to soak, and then we were off.
Casting over the heads of massive browns during the a yellow-sally and caddis hatch produced a fishing experience like nothing I could have imagined. Scott calls it “zip code” fishing, in which you throw a single dry fly into the hordes of bugs, and in absolute darkness, set the hook based purely on sound and feel. It was a forty-five minute blitz, and it was so worth it.
I can remember returning to Falcon’s Ledge to a pile of dirty dishes; I did them all with the greatest sense of happiness and accomplishment an intern could imagine.
Mike Mazzoni is a senior at Kansas State University, and was an intern at
Falcon’s Ledge this summer.