One of the best things about being an outdoor writer/photographer is that my job allows/requires me to go fishing a great deal, especially in the summer. Obviously with all four of my books being about river smallmouth fishing, that is the kind of angling that I enjoy the most.
Starting Sunday when I will be fishing the New with Jimmy Dobes of Mahoney's Sports in Johnson City, Tennessee and Matt Frondorf of Buckeye Baits in Cincinnati, Ohio, I will begin a series of excursions that will take me to Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina upland rivers.
When I am not chasing after river smallies this summer, I will be seeking out brook trout in mountain rills or angling for stocked and wild trout in the same three states. Of course, trout fishing is my second favorite kind of angling.
One of the things I like best about these two kinds of fishing is that I can do well without a motorized boat, a considerable expense of course. For most kinds of trout fishing, all that is required is a desire to wade upstream. Summer is simply my favorite time to go fishing.