Friday, April 6, 2012


It's spring break at Toby Johnson Middle School and there are spring-run steelhead in our river. My nephew and I took advantage of this coincidence to wake up even earlier than he would on a school day. He's been eyeing my 6 weight spey rod for a while now so spring break seemed like an excellent time to focus on his fly-fishing education.

I can sum up our day, in part, with the words of Roderick Haig-Brown: "I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret." And with a minor variation on the words of Professor Higgins: "By Jove, I think he's got it."