Today was one of those days. Standing out by the river, pouring down rain, and a cold breeze had just started blowing. It was one of those days where it looks like the weather is going to hold out, but deteriorates very rapidly. There comes a point where your clothes become so water logged, heavy, and cold that casting requires a lot more effort. My hands were so cold that stripping in line was becoming very difficult.
I learned three things on the first day of our fishing trip to the mountains.
- The weather in the mountains of West Virginia can change very quickly; always bring gear for all possible conditions.
- When a large rainbow trout hits your fly, all thoughts of how cold and wet you are instantly vanish.
- No matter how hard it is raining, how cold the wind is, and how slow the fishing is, you can’t help but think of how much better fly fishing is than work.