A few weeks ago, I backpacked the Middle Fork Teanaway River Trail with my son and another father/son duo. The trail was an easy and flat hike through forested terrain. Most of the trail is an easy walk but you’ll need to cross the stream, full of slippery rocks, quite a few times. If you go, wear river sandals rather than hiking boots because there’s no way you will keep your feet dry on this wet and often muddy trail.
Flat areas for camping were limited so we settled for a rocky clearing next to the water. We only saw a couple of other groups the entire trip. At night, the only sounds we heard were the comforting gurgling of cascading water over the rocks. That’s what backpacking is all about. Unfortunately, while most of Western Washington was enjoying warm and sunny weather, we experienced thunderstorms each day we were there.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip was small creek fly fishing with my 3wt rod. I only brought along a few flies but they were all I needed to catch numerous fish, mostly small cutthroats and some rainbows. Being a small creek, most fish were 6 inches or less; only one was of any size, around 8 inches. Nevertheless, it was great fun to wet wade and find pools of hungry fish. The water was so clear that I could see the fish rising to my dry fly. What else could a fly fisherman want?