When my buddy Joe McGroom made plans to come out and visit for a fishing trip, I knew we would have great fishing because that is a given every time we get together. What I didn't know about was the great bonus photography session I would be blessed with. These pictures are looking out across Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir from our campsite in Eleven Mile State Park. At this point, I still did not know how epic the fishing was going to be the next day but the lightning made the whole trip worth it even if the amazing fishing did not happen.
We initially spotted the storm from a distance while putting in our first two hours on the water. The fishing was mediocre although Joe did manage one really nice 17 inch brown.
Eventually we noticed the storm looming off to the east was actually building back in our direction. Our conversation turned to whether or not camp would be spared from the storm. Both of us were tired, especially Joe since he had woke up at 3:00 that morning to make it to the airport on time and had travelled west 2 time zones. The last thing we wanted was a big storm to ruin supper.
Thankfully, the storm moved to within 5 or 6 miles of camp and then just sat still, allowing for perfect photo opportunities. The trip was off to a great start with a full day of fishing a short night's rest away...