Seasons Changing on the River: Fly Fishing

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Only after shooting this Scorpio feature did I realize what I was really digging at and hoping to communicate through an experience. What was found on the other side was the power of cycles in life & death.

Fly fishing holds a secret: There is something utterly connected about walking with a river, listening to the current, the wind, the sounds of nature. There is no end and no beginning; you disappear and become part of the earth’s natural rhythms. It’s a shortcut to a transformed Zen state, transformation being the root of Scorpio Season.

The soulful hour of pre-dawn was our backdrop, filled with mist rising from the water & earth, still warmer than the season’s changing temperatures, and made more dramatic over frost covered grasses. A season shifting toward death; this is where we see the physical manifestation of Scorpio. We witness nature decomposing, nourishing the earth for winter, in order to give life for a Taurus spring to follow. This was the darkly beautiful hour and time of year that our fly fishers, Thomas and Jenny, guided us on a journey to transform and connect with the wild, during it’s deepening season of cyclical transition.

First, the gear is prepared, tools to help join in with nature’s rhythms as a connection is found.

“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
– Henry David Thoreau

As our CosmoMuse team watched in wonder at our two fishers, even with our disruptive barking of orders, there was grace at hand. I won’t pretend to know how to describe their techniques, but it was obvious there was rhythm and art at the heart of it. Just by watching, we connected into the experience; a magical shift to witnessing the ecology of life, death and the natural order around us. The delicacy, the strength, it all had a purpose and a sacrifice to be made. Such is the polarity of existence.

The Scorpio thread of death continues as a fish is hooked. This one was gently set free, but not all have that end. Although they, and we, all have an end.

Scorpio Season (October 23 – November 21) urges us to use and listen to our hearts, and gives us the willpower to transform that which needs a change in resonance. It’s a time to show grace and respect for the cycles of transformation that you, or others in your life, are going through. Time given to this is not spent, it’s invested!

See Part 2 HERE!


Words and Art Direction: Allie Couch of CosmoMuse

Photography: Britt of Britt Chudleigh Photography

Styling Assistance: Lauren Brady of Saucy & Kitsch

Models & Wardrobe: Jenny & Thomas Bradley (instagram)

Location: The Weber River, Utah




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