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July 30, 2008

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Another Pop Quiz

Been awhile since we've done this. This one's just "extra credit."

Nate and Tim went fishing the other day, and Kirk was rowing the boat. We came upon a big meandering eddy in the river, where we saw fish rising and feeding off the surface. For the most part, they were pointed downstream, feeding on mayflies in the backwash of the eddy. Curiously, however, the fish would turn on for a minute, then disappear below the surface for another couple minutes. Tim fired beautiful, delicate casts all over the run, but didn't get bit. Nate, on the other hand, held onto his small dry fly (the same pattern as Tim's) and waited. "Ah, now it's right," said Nate. He fired one cast, and bang, a trout ate his fly.

What did Nate see to make him decide the time was right to make that cast?

Now, a little housekeeping: Alabama Flygirl proved that it takes a woman to figure out a "Real Man of Genius," so she wins the William Joseph chestpack. Hit me at [email protected], Flygirl, so I know where to send your reward.

And, yes indeed, Nate, Tim, and Kirk did go fishing the other day, and despite my smack-talking, I have to admit the boy from NYC kicked this tailgunner's butt (however the old man acquitted himself with a decent trick from the archive by day's end). And the highest marks of all go to our boy Tim, who is a gifted oarsman, put us on shots all day, and made the most of his own casting opportunities when he got his chances. Made me proud to run with the likes of those young guns.

I'm headed east, to Wisconsin, then Michigan. Anyone have the fishing report?



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Evan V

I'd have to say perhaps its little groups of individual hatching groups of mayflies, seperate from the rest of them.
Btw posting at 2:55am because I got some sickness keeping me awake.


I'm guessing it was overcast and Nate was paying attention to the passing shadows.

Alex Pernice the fly rod winner

Hey Deeter Ill email you the Wisconsin report, where are you going?

Alex Pernice the fly rod winner

I agree with jcarlin.

Chad Miller

Where in Wisconsin are you going to be? I am going to the S. Holston to fish Smallmouth this week then headed to Wisconsin to fish the Menomonee and Peshtigo Rivers for Smallmouth the week after that. What are you fishing for and when are you there.


Ummmmm, maybe they are switching on and off with emergers? Just a shot

as moeggs

Deeter, you should have been here for the Manistee Hex hatch. Lots of fish! The water is still quite cool so I think the fish will remain active, especially if you fish after dark.


they always eat corn. why waste your time on silly games?

charles mustoe

I think that the shadows of the lake and the different fly pattern and perfect timing really did the trick

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