I played hooky yesterday. Well, not exactly. See, when you work at Field & Stream, you’re allowed (encouraged, even) to take the occasional day off to hunt or fish. So, with my boss’s OK, I used the trout stream as my office.

The morning went well. I was on the water by 7 a.m., and I had my first strike–a small brown on a size 18 Adam’s–shortly thereafter. I fished dries for a couple of hours, and then moved downstream to a pool where dead-drifting nymphs is deadly. I stayed in that spot for several hours before I gradually worked my way back upstream to take a break and eat the lunch I’d packed.

I brought a simple lunch: a chicken sandwich with cheese and hot peppers; tomatoes; some fresh berries; a bag of salt and vinegar chips. I’m not sure if it was the good fishing in the morning, the view from where I ate (see photo), or knowing that I still had several hours of fishing ahead, but it was one of the best lunches I’d had in a long, long time. As much as I wanted to get back to the trout, I couldn’t help but take my time and savor the meal. The fishing in the afternoon wasn’t quite as steady, but I did manage to dupe a few more trout.

What’s the best lunch you’ve ever had during a day on the water? Are there any snacks you won’t go fishing without? When it comes to food, I’m always eager for some recommendations. –Colin