Imagine freely-rising brown and rainbow trout on a broad Rocky Mountain meadow stream. As you rig up in the cool morning air, you notice two mule deer fifty yards upstream, cautiously making their way to drink from the stream. The valley is entirely silent, except for the gentle slosh of your wading boots as you position yourself into range of the nearest rise.
Imagine your first cast, as your #18 Blue Winged Olive Parachute barely dimples the water upstream of the rise. A bulge appears, your fly disappears, and you raise your rod high. The heavy trout surges toward the bank, but you’re able to turn him to the middle of the stream, and eventually into your net. It’s a solid brown, 18 or 19 inches. You gently rock the big brown back and forth until he flexes his tail strongly and makes a deliberate beeline for the bank. You straighten up and spot the next enticing ring on the water.