I spend more time on the water observing than I do fishing. As primarily a dry fly fisherman, my pulse quickens only when I see rising fish and hatching insects. While waiting for their cooperation, I often explore other life in the aquatic environment.
Lamprey eels are fascinating critters. They suck on rocks (sometimes too big to move) and when dislodged, fl oat downstream a little ways to deposit them on their nests. The nest hillocks and hollows provide structure in the river, helping to aerate the water, so the lampreys are “Friends of Fishes”—the theme of FISH 2014, the third annual issue.