Until recently, I did not know how to cast a fly rod, mend a line, or set a hook. After losing several fish and receiving some very important coaching, I landed a brown trout that hooked me on a new hobby. It was a challenging fight, but I eventually landed a 24.5-inch brown on a nymph on the White River of Arkansas. As my time on the river continued, I was able to improve my fishing ability and even developed a passion for this peaceful and challenging sport. This first trip was only the beginning of my fly-fishing story, and I will never forget landing that river monster.