|Plethodon cinereus, red-backed salamander|
|Ambystoma maculatum, spotted salamander|
|Ambystoma opacum, marbled salamander|
|Anaxyrus americanus, American toad|
|Lithobates catesbeianus, American bullfrog|
|Lithobates clamitans, green frog|
At 3:00 a.m. on a rainy spring night, I sat in the wet grass, watching for my rod to bend. And it did, a great deal, a bunch of times. And it was pure joy.
The same little kid in me that loves salamanders and frogs, and exploring the woods in the night also has never lost the pure joy that comes when a bullhead confidently swims off with with a night crawler. And that is so important to me. I don't care how many species I catch, how many big fish on the fly, how many places I've been; if I can ever say that I never want to catch a farm pond bullhead on a worm again, or venture out to look for frogs, toads, and salamanders... I will have lost that little kid, and my life will no longer be everything that I value about it now.
Simple, exciting, strange, and full of things to learn.
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