Sunday, October 24, 2010
Autumn has finally gotten a foothold and this year’s long, scorching summer has begun its slide into recent memory. Good riddance. With the transition in season comes a transition in my angling focus, from chasing warm-water bass to stalking cold-water trout. The ceremonial pivot point occurred this week with the breakdown of my stout bass rod and transfer of its reel to a willowy trout whip for a day on the Smith.
And the transition in rod is just the beginning. Wet wading gives way to waders. A morning stroll down the hill becomes a day-filling truck ride west. Big, buoyant poppers are replaced with tiny nymphs and fluffs of feathers and string. The list goes on.
So it was off to the Smith for a lovely fall wade and a few wild browns. The transition has begun and I can’t wait to see what lies on down the track.