Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

almost like a neon beer sign

Shin Deep

My copy of Shin Deep by pal Chris Hunt arrived this week. Haven’t read very far but not surprisingly there is already a turn of phrase about brook trout that deserves quoting:

In the last few moments of the day’s light, I was able to glimpse the brilliance that makes brook trout, no matter their size, so wonderfully rewarding to the fly fisherman. Its deep colors seemed to provide a beacon of light in the near darkness of the evening, almost like a neon beer sign in a dank, dark, but wonderfully familiar tavern. You can’t help but stare at it.

Yup, brook trout water does have that familiar tavern feel, is it any wonder we care so much for these fish?

R2 bellies up to the bar


  1. Can’t believe I just saw this… glad you enjoyed it! And thanks again for the offer of the assist with Crapo’s guy… I’ll keep you posted!

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