A wince. Perhaps a groan. And then another cast. “Ahhh. That was a fish.” We have all missed a trout we were not expecting. Unprepared. Distracted. Complacent. But there are two times it happens that should not surprise us. Two parts of the drift that are sometimes forgotten. Forgotten by us, but not the trout.
It was August on the Bighorn River when I learned that trout are lazy.
I rowed most of the day while they fished. The Bighorn River is easy to float in a drift boat and there are many good places to stop and wade.