On my day off today I went to Yellowstone with a buddy and we hit up a stream flowing off of a lake. We hiked about 2 miles to Grizzly lake with an inflatable boat that turned out to be useless due to the high wind, but found the stream instead. There was a mayfly hatch-perfect! Fish were jumping left and right for flies. We threw on some matching imitations and nailed 'em. My first brook trout was about 4 inches long, but they only got longer after that. My biggest was about 9 inches.
The sun was shining all day long and the breeze kept us cool enough when we were not hiking. All in all a perfect day. To top it off we then drove to the Gibbon river and fished for twenty minutes or so, just enough time for my buddy to catch a 22 inch brown trout.
Getting out into Yellowstone to hike would have been enough for me, but catching fish was just a bonus. The beauty of the park gets me every time. There was no place I would rather have been today than catching brook trout while surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. If you have not been outside for a while, get outside. Smell the wild roses, lupine, balsam root, or whatever grows by you. Take a walk in the woods. At least for me, there is nothing like enjoying the beauty of nature, and nothing that compares.