minute. They take the cat to the vet. He shaves the cat's whole tail except for
the end. The cat looks like a lion. Pretty soon the cat thinks he's a
Now the rain was
going sideways. You'd cast a fly and it would vanish long before it got to the
water. We knew gloom.
Some very small,
very stupid trout came upon our flies and ate them. We caught those trout. Of
the large smart trout known to live in the lake, we took none. Some hours later
we sat around the Air-tight heater, for all purposes blanked.
We were fishing
for rainbows in their original watershed. In such a situation they can be
expected to be magnificent fish, quite unlike the hatchery imitations which
have, in effect, besmirched the species. They are strong, fast and rise freely
to a dry fly. We were, moreover, in an area that produces fish of a rather
large average size.
In the spring and
early summer the fish here herd and pursue salmon fry, including the sluggish
little alevins which are the very young fry, tadpole-shaped, with their still
unconsumed egg sacs. Ideally, the big rainbows are to be found chasing the bait
on top where they can be cast to, rather like pelagic fish. We liked this
image. We would cast, fight, land and release until our arms were, as the
saying went, tired. The rainbows could also be taken on dry flies; there were
mayflies and grasshoppers to imitate and there were stoneflies in the lower
We had not made
much of a beginning, but our hopes were still running high. The next morning we
were fishing by 6, hunting feeding rainbows. It is "hunting" if you are
finding something. If you are not, it is driving around the lake in an
have brought the water skis."