I tried to go trout fishing last weekend in western Maryland with Dan Rodricks, a Baltimore Sun columnist and radio host. It was 200 miles each way, most of it in heavy rain. We knew it was nuts. We just didn't know what else to do. The rain let up every so often. But we knew sunlight didn't signal an end to the rain. It was just there to get our hopes up. And, sure enough, it never lasted more than 20 minutes before the sky got dark again and the rain resumed. Dan thought that one river might be fishable because it's a tailwater. "If we go up close to the dam, we might have a shot," he said.