Friday, September 4, 2009


The largest fish that I have caught was a 21" Cutthroat trout at Flat Creek, near Jackson, Wyoming. It was in late August of 1992 and there were few fishermen on the water. Like most fly fishermen, I don't like it when there are too many other people around, and I almost always fish alone. That way, no one has to see how badly I cast or how few fish I catch. But when I caught that fish, I wanted someone to see it. As I released it, I looked around...I was alone. There was no one to share my excitement, no one slap me on my back and say, "Great fish!" It was just me standing there with a stupid grin on my face. The only sound was the breeze blowing through the streamside grass and my heart pounding in my chest.

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