Trip was great!
So, my float trip was really fun. I learned a LOT and my guide was very helpful and patient.
I found that all in all, my casting was pretty good. I could get the fly most of the time where he wanted me to. And he sure knew where the fish were. But I also learned that him finding the fish and choosing the flies, and me putting it where it's supposed to be and getting a good drift, and even the fish doing his part, doesn't mean I have a fish! Those suckers were LIGHTNING FAST! And as you all know, unlike my friendly neighborhood smallmouths, these trout do NOT catch themselves! I was so slow with the hook set that I left a lot of fish out there.
But I caught several wild rainbows and this, my highlight of the day. A tiny and beautiful brook.
I told my guide (I tipped him well, by the way, all fish lost were 100% my fault) that I was going to practice a lot, then go back and do the same float in the spring. Amazingly beautiful piece of river, the North Branch of the Potomac. I had no idea.