|Beaver Dam Creek 100 yards downstream from|
Schroeder Reservoir spillway, from a May 1982 trip.
|The view looking upstream from wilderness|
|An upstream view near the wilderness campground, 1982.|
My first visit there was in the spring of 1977 for a backpack trip with Kevin McGoohan. Although I don’t recall, most likely we were on Spring Break during my junior year at UNLV. This creek was another one of those trout places I learned about from my brother Neal. In discussions with Neal about his Nevada fishing trips he always left me with the sense that this was a favorite place of his during the 1970s. For many years a picture hanging in his apartment of a thirteen-inch buck rainbow in spawning colors gripped my imagination. He never mentioned fishing upstream, and my love for adventure lured me to suggest to Kevin that we backpack upstream towards the Utah border.
|The backpacking camp site, underneath the cottonwood|
on the far left, when Kevin and I trekked up the canyon to
the Utah border in the spring of 1977.
|One of the wilderness campsites. This one was under|
an aging cottonwood, from my May 1982 trip.
|A photo of my 1978 Toyota 4x4 after the near disastrous stream|
crossing in March 1982. Notice where the mud along the bottom
of the door and truck bed panels has been washed away, indicating
that the water level was deeper than the 30 x 9.50 R15 tires.
|While field-testing the rod I built for Neal's 1982 Christmas present, I|
landed this fourteen-inch rainbow from the spillway pool in October
1982. It was the largest trout I had caught from the creek.
|A fine trio of beautiful trout taken from the|
"honey hole" in May 1982.
|The parking area on one of the old roads used to|
access the canyon when the creek was impounded to
create Schroeder Reservoir. This August 2002 trip
was the fateful "ring finger" trip.
|Neal fishing a dry fly near wilderness campground in 1982. He caught|
nothing but fingerlings in this shallow section.
|A pretty pool, just below the spillway pool which is|
around the bend to the right.
Photo taken in May 1982.
|My son Doug with a Beaver Dam Creek rainbow|
on his lap, circa 1992.
|Our wilderness camp, circa 1992.|
|"Boyish" angler holding a six-foot fly rod built for creeks like Beaver|
Dam. This February 1986 photo reminds me of a drawing you would
see in Sheridan Anderson's The Curtis Creek Manifesto, except it's
missing the wildly flowing hair.