A nice evening approached, and it was decided that a good neighbor and I should ply the waters of a small stream that is tributary to our home river. We fished in tandem. We had good conversation. I foresee learning a lot from this guy, who is finely educated and well read in the world of rod and reel mechanics and history.
We did not catch a lot of fish. The stream was deadly low and clear and the fish were wary. We did catch a big and beautiful female brown - she was holding in small water between logs... very cool. She jumped on pink squirrel. She did in fact run me under a log and into the bank a few times. It was interesting because as the fight progressed, the fish grew. Also caught a very delightful brook trout. I'd say 11-12". [more later]