It's not much to look at: A bit too big to call a stick, but not quite big enough to call a log, the piece of wood is more or less straight, eight inches long by about an inch in diameter. Black on one end, fading to gray on the other, it's splotched here and there with ocher-colored mud.
“In the light of day or sitting by a campfire, stories like these are amusing. At night, alone, slightly disorientated, they are not. After more years of puttering around trout streams in the dark, there are two truths that have come clear for me:
1. Wild animals sleep during the day and do their "thing" at night.
2. They do not like us."
An essay on night fishing for trout for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine