Here's a short piece that was sent to me by Alistair Stewart that I'd like to share with the Way Upstream community. It captures a moment in time that an angler understands all too well. It also seems pertinent as May blends into June.
"Friday May 9th, 2008 was warmer in the evening in Waushara than promised by the weather service. The challenge of The Sand Counties' streams during these periods is what keeps drawing me back to try and find a few victories. A brown trout was spotted rising to emergers tight to a shaded far bank during a period of very modest and mixed hatch; in situations like this I try to delicately paint a light line on the water, with a long fine leader from far away. The trout on May 9th, 2008 didn't care about any of that - he declared victory by refusing to engage with any of my attempts at deception, thus ensuring I'll be back."
Photo contribution and words by Alistair Stewart