I enjoy reading Rick Zieger's articles about his adventures fishing the farm ponds around his home. His stories about muddy roads, forgotten equipment, and boorish intruders remind me of many of my fishing trips over the years. It seems that this year had more than its share of misadventures for the Ladyfisher and me.

We made three trips to a particular lake that is about 80 miles north of our Montana home, and each trip was , fishing wise, a complete wash. On each of the three trips the wind was the spoiler. It's a reality, especially in many areas of the western United States, that wind can be a real demon. It can make fly fishing a real challenge and sometimes a near impossibility.