Kit and I took a vacation—as if we needed one living where we do—in Alaska. I had already caught a nice salmon in the Kenai River when we hiked into U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. There we found perfectly pristine and remote Hidden Creek. Big trout continually broke the water surface out of range of my cast. So, I took off my hiking boots and jeans then barefooted into the cold clear stream. There I hooked a salmon-sized rainbow until it jumped a yard out of the water and threw the hook. What a thrill!
You don’t have to land every fish to love the experience.