Scott Sadil grew up surfing and fishing in southern California. He is the author of three previous books, the collection of stories Lost in Wyoming, the memoir Angling Baja, and the novel Cast from the Edge. Throughout his career his stories and essays have appeared in the outdoor press. The recipient of a Fishtrap fellowship, he lives with his family in Hood River, Oregon, where he writes, teaches, and navigates a fishing life.
Three days on a given stretch of river often proves long enough—long enough to get what you came for, or long enough to see you probably won’t. Twenty-five years ago I was capable of waiting out phases of the moon on the off chance fishing would improve. And sometimes I still go through a dry spell with steelhead where I threaten, far from home, to...