Occasionally, life presents a completely unexpected opportunity. I was raised in central Kentucky in the heart of the Bluegrass State's thoroughbred country, and even returned for 3-4 years in my 20s. There were tremendous opportunities for fishing – Kentucky Lake, Barren River Lake, Green River, Dale Hollow Lake, Cumberland River and Lake, the Kentucky River, The Ohio – and most importantly to me, smallmouth streams like the North and South Elkhorn, Drake's Creek, Salt River, North Fork of the Licking River, among others. But trout were few and far between, and holdover and wild trout? Despite some exceptional trout-fishing opportunities in border states West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee (the Great Smoky Mountains!), there were few opportunities.