With the knowledge that most rivers would be muddy due to last night's storms I also knew a little stain in the water can work in a guy's favor. A chip, chair and a chance as well as a full tank of gas is all I need to find fishable water.
The first stream I came to had about six inches of visibility. I'm pretty confident in my ability to catch fish in even the most adverse conditions so I slogged away for two hours without even seeing a sign of a fish. I was completely devastated and thought about calling it a day then a voice in my head said, "If you fish it, they will bite". I decided that I really didn't have a problem fishing some more but it was going to have to be in a different place. I took a look at my maps and started driving. I had an idea of a place that might have clear water.
While I was on my way I pulled over and placed a call to my friend Shebs. I wasn't surprised to hear that he was out in Wisconsin having an excellent day on a popular river. Hearing of Sheb's good fortune gave me hope that the fish were indeed biting today. I just needed to find a river where they could see my fly.
As I continued on towards my destination I crossed over a river that I was sure would be muddied up. To my surprise I could see the bottom in over a foot of water. I found a good spot to pull over and started fishing. Fishing this river was something I have always planned on doing.
I moved silently through the river taking my time with my approach to prime casting distance. On the third cast I felt a tremor in my rod and I knew exactly what that meant. Fish on!
She made a gallant effort but in the end my biceps and my five weight Sage DS2 proved too powerful. I was about to whip out the tripod to get a good photo of myself with the trout when I heard some giggling in the bushes. I have encountered forest fairies in the past and their laughter is unmistakable. I told them my hard luck story and feeling sorry for me they agreed to take the photos for me. Thanks fairies!
I was so happy!
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