The calm before the hook set

Every time I am gearing up for a trip I get the same feeling. The feeling of unknown. I will be fishing in a river I have never fished, with people I have never fished or floated with and to top it all off I am using flies I haven’t even field tested yet. The true trifecta !
All the hours spent researching online, poring over topography maps on Google earth and emailing with friends and clients that have fished it before. Non stop checking weather and flow reports just to be sure I got the right gear. All the prep in the world means nothing until you actually hit the water and place that first cast. The fish to the fly is the easy part. The wait is what kills me!