Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
The water is cold, as I stand knee-deep
against the current, casting my fly to the head of the riffle. The fly
drifts lazily downstream and I try mending the leader to minimize the
drag. However, toward the end of the run, the leader is pulled taut by
the faster current, spoiling the presentation. A sudden, brief flash of
silver awakens my adrenals, but the unnatural drag of the fly alerts
the trout to my deception and he turns away. The chilly canyon breeze
that begins each evening augments this catecholamine-induced shiver,
now coursing through my body.
Wong JG. Cold Blue. JAMA. 1999;281(23):2168. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2168