Saturday, I spent most of the morning fly fishing for wild trout on a Virginia mountain stream. I caught one brown and a sole rainbow, but that was not the most interesting part of my morning in the outdoors. Just being outside and knowing that I had the opportunity to go after a wild creature that is difficult to catch was, and always is, a fascinating adventure.
There's no question that float fishing smallmouth rivers is my favorite angling activity, but going after wild trout is a strong second. The similarities between the two pastimes are noteworthy, as both demand that anglers understand how the two game fish relate to current and cover.
The only thing that could have been better is if Elaine had gone with me. I hope she will some summer day soon.