This time of year we often suggest an evening float or walk wade trip on the Roaring Fork River. After a long run-off, both the bugs and fish are very active and you can have some of your best dry fly fishing of the year for Caddis and Drakes....
I went out to the muddy river, hungry at its banks
it pulled hungrily at me, I let it pull.
Rod in hand I cast into a slow seam, nymphs
down dropping down, and felt a rock,
another rock, then a quick tick.
When I let my last fish go, dusk and drakes
were on the wing, descending, descending.
I changed to a dry fly and let it fall,
silent as the dew it fell, and where
it landed I couldn't see, but landed all the same
and took another trout beneath the silver moon.
I heard the river all night in my dreamless sleep
wet and heavy. Tangled in its currents I rose at dawn
and slipped back to its wadering edge.
Written by TC Guide, Cameron Scott
Forthcoming under the title "A Song from Yeats" in Sugar Mule, www.sugarmule.com, issue #32