Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Oldredbarn on Oct 21, 2014October 21st, 2014, 3:11 pm EDT
Hey Spence! Yep, that's where I fish and bathe. HA! I'm glad I was with you during my swim. What a time we had.
I didn't know if I should have tried to save you or throw you a bar of soap! You must have a little river otter in you, my friend. I have never seen someone go under and shake it off like it was nothing the way you did.
We will have to do it again, for sure...Despite the nervous tick he developed after all the swarming mosquitoes he had to endure here in Michigan, John survived a trip north this past summer. I think the nearly two-foot Brown he caught helped him to forget...At least for a moment...His wife did tell me he had nightmares there for a few weeks after, but it eventually went away.
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively
"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Jmd123 on Oct 21, 2014October 21st, 2014, 7:05 pm EDT
"I have never seen someone go under and shake it off like it was nothing the way you did."
I had a similar incident with my consulting boss many years ago on the Rifle. We were wading downstream after an evening of dry flying, it's getting pretty dark, and suddenly he trips over a log and is completely submerged, face down, in the river in a fraction of a second! Then just as suddenly, he pops right back up and says, "I'm fine! No problem! I got dry clothes in the car!" He never has wanted to go back there with me again, though...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...