The water temperature held fast at 44 degrees but the air temperature dropped precipitously below that. The wind brought snow flurries into the occasion. Spending 12 formative years in Florida tends to diminish appreciation for that sort of clime. Matt Smythe is a Western New Yorker with steelhead tendencies and one day to get it done. Cold could not be an impediment. Things got worse before they got better but by that time the only trace left of Matt was a half-empty bottle of Maker’s Mark. It got better Matt.