Typical Trout Stream
Of course, to a certain extent, one can describe the typical trout stream. It is not a large stream; rather, a big brook or little river. Its banks are pleasantly wooded, with here and there a small clearing where one time some logging job extended to the water's edge. Alternately there are hurrying, turbulent rapids or shallow, clear, swift-running riffles and deep, opaque pools whose surfaces reflect the pines and hemlocks and in whose depths the aldermen of the river repose in dignified inertia. Occasionally there are falls where the stream foams down many feet in a graceful, white, out bending ribbon. And again there are long, still reaches where the current is scarcely perceptible and where, if you would land a trout, you must indeed cast "fine and far off."
But no word-picture of the characteristics of the trout stream portrays in the slightest degree the characteristics of that same stream from the fly-fisherman's point of view. While he is fully aware of the natural beauties of the stream, the angler is apt to regard it more or less technically. And in this technicality of viewpoint, difficult in itself to define, lies the still greater difficulty of explaining the true relation of the stream to the stream fisherman.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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