thought I had a few trout fishing experiences posted, but the post got deleted or never made it off my screen (?) ... or its in this thread and I'm just senile (definitely possible)
- while fishing a trout stream standing on a blowdown, a woodchuck came out of the woods on one side of the stream, head down started to cross the log without looking up. his movement out of the brush caught my eye and I watched amble toward me, on the log, until he finally looked up with a "What The ..." expression. Stood still for a moment and turned around and ambled back into the brush (ok, not a mountain lion, but still cool)
- while standing in the middle of a decent small stream pool, heavy brush overhead, I pretty much pissed in my waders when a ticked off Great Blue Heron screeched while sitting about 3' over my head. If you have never heard their screech, it's very Jurassic Park like.
- multiple times trout fishing in low light or night, having bats dive bomb my head chasing the fly on a cast. I never caught a bat, but have known other anglers who have.
on the salt:
- had a similar experience with a black skimmer, where it came by my head while I was fishing off the end of a dock at night... it swooped from behind me over my shoulder and I heard the wind disturbance as it glided past my head. At night, alone, and silent except for this, I nearly jumped into the salt out of surprise.