John was also a great teacher both on the water and at the editing desk, but he could be a tough critic, never afraid to tell you where there was room for improvement. As I write this, many Field & Stream editors and contributors, past and present, are busy penning stories about times spent with John they'll never forget. Look for them here next week, as well as a collection of some of Merwin's best work for F&S. In the meantime, we felt it was fitting today to post one of John's stories that really captured who he was, how he approached a fishing trip, and (most importantly, as he wasn't afraid to tell you) how to mix the perfect post-fishing cocktail. Click here to read "The Lake" from the June 2011 issue of the magazine.