I went along the banks of the North Platte to check the flows and the water temps. (By dangling an appendage, any appendage, in the current, I can reliably guess the water temps within a half degree.) The flows are up to 2,000 cfs. The water is clearing--a great time of the year to drift a size 12 San Juan worm in your favorite run. The annual Two-Fly Tournament is over and done with. The participants fled town with their prizes and bragging rights, and I have to say, I don't miss them. Here, on the banks of the river, among disks of spent tippet, the mud pummeled with the telltale sign of boot prints, I found a few golden morels. And if you're curious, the water temp was 42.5 degrees.