2. The trout fishing is great right now. I'm serious. People always talk about what this river used to be like, or that lake used to fish lights out, but in my honest opinion, the quality of trout fishing opportunities coast to coast is, on balance, better now than it was 20 years ago. There are a couple key reasons for that. First, a lot of great trout fishing happens in tailwaters, or rivers that spill from the bottoms of dams. Anglers are now working better with the people who own and operate those dams to maintain minimal flows, level flows, etc., in order to sustain the fishing opportunities that were fortunate by-products of the dams. Second, the conservation conscience, buoyed by the catch-and-release ethic, is stronger than it ever has been. There are no doubt scores of challenges and waters that are hammered, but the trend is looking up.