In the ancient stream-sung meter:
tilt the chin and ride current up,
then veer the slightest left or right,
a flare to neutral pause . . .
Then a brief ride downstream, lean and look
an inch of instinct scrutiny along
the mirrored skin of air.
When good the last lift grows above,
break the bead and bite, in meter, turn the same way down,
now a stroke in power, two or three and coast
the curve back down to hold.
~ David Motes
About Dave Motes
Home for Dave is Oakton, Virginia where he is a
high school English teacher and Fly fishing
instructor and guide with Mark Kovach Fishing
Services on the upper Potomac River near Harper's
Ferry, WVA. He is married with a five-year old
son, and fishes both salt and freshwater for trout and
bass, stripers, but mostly smallmouth from Alabama to Minnesota.