Other fisherman often make the comment that I’m lucky to live where I do.
Luck has nothing to do with it. It’s a choice. I started college here, moved away for a bit, finished school somewhere else, met my wife, and then moved back here, in large part, because the trout fishing is so good.
Not only are we surrounded by world-class trout streams full of wild brown trout, we also have access to multiple secondary streams within a few hours drive that present a whole different set of opportunities. Many of these overlooked rivers would make a name for themselves if they weren’t near some of the most famous waters in the state, but a lot of it is considered bass water, or is unstocked and uninteresting, or not worth the time to the guy who is just traveling to the area for a weekend. Fishing these secondary waters requires accepting the risk that you will catch nothing and accepting the fact that you’ll catch fewer fish than you would on the big name waters — usually.
Pat and I hit things just right on our last float. The fishing was good, the lunch was good, the company was good, the scenery was good, and in a nine-mile float (in the peak of trout season) we saw zero fly fishermen on a Sunday — that’s good.
Enjoy the day.