Re: Best Fish
I have to thank JCW355 (is that an inmate number?) for reminding me about the "best fish." I've been trying to think of the biggest, prettiest, etc., but JCW reminded me that the best fish I've caught are the ones I was trying to catch, could see, made a decent cast to with a fly that resembled what they wanted to eat, and then landed. Like all of you, I've caught my share of big fish by mistake or -- this never ceases to amaze me -- stripping in to move to another spot or pack it up.
First fish my wife caught on a fly rod was on a lake we backpacked to in the Sierras. It was a small trout, but it was a real trout, and she cast where it was rising and caught it. All these years later I remember that small trout - and I'm sure she does, too.