Until recently, Senator Barry Goldwater (R., Ariz.) was on record as an enthusiastic fisherman who stumped for the superiority of the wild rivers of the West as the best source of fighting trout—"Damndest big browns you've ever seen! And those huge potbellied rainbows!" But to prove his point, Barry had to try the "dinky streams" of Pennsylvania's Poconos. His host, Outdoor Writer S. R. Slaymaker II, warned him that space is more cramped in the East, and fish more sophisticated. The Senator affixed his favorite pattern—a Royal Coachman—and using a 9�-foot rod, cast and promptly caught a tree branch (above). Unperturbed, he disentangled the fly, changed to a five-foot rod, tied on a Black-Nose Dace, flicked a cast and, fishing from a half-crouch, coaxed a two-pound brookie upstream and netted it (opposite). Senator Goldwater came away admiring Pocono streams and, of course, still maintaining his admiration for Pennsylvania's 64 convention votes.