Archive for May 15th, 2007


Steelhead Variations Part II

May 15, 2007

“…I remember feeling that the river had sensed our need…”
-David James Duncan, The Brothers K

It is not easy to drift a fly into the shadow beneath the tree. But the sun above and the fish below make us fall upon the shadow like lemmings to the edge. We stand in the icy water and tangle and cast and curse and cast until we can no longer feel our feet. But the chance for a fish is an independent source of heat. Numb feet can only mean that the magical thousandth cast is nearing.

The Situk is a cold but generous provider.