Mickey Hedgehog

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

The thing about big game fish is that they’re jerks. They bite innocent minnows in half. They murder ducklings. They lie around in shadows like lazy cowards, letting tiny warm-blooded mammals — our dear distant cousins — scurry through life harvesting leaves and grasses to feed their babies, and then the brutes sneak in and steal their efforts, their dreams, their lives…and their protein.

And I aim to make them pay.

There’s a lot of buy-in for the theory that “big fish want big meals.” While it doesn’t tell the whole story (because there’s nothing quite like the brilliant paradox of catching a large trout on a tiny fly), the theory clearly nails it from a statistical perspective.

We can take this theory in several directions:

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This May Be The Only Mouse Pattern You’ll Ever Need

Guest Blogger: Steve Culton

A game-used Master Splinter in olive and white. Clearly, the trout approved.
A game-used Master Splinter in olive and white. Clearly, the trout approved.

You have to chuckle at the lengths some tyers will go to sell their flies.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the mouse section of the fly bin. There they are, so cute and cuddly with their little black eyes, dainty ears and whiskers. Now, ask yourself a few questions. Do you really think a gator brown is going to check if that mouse-shaped thing floating over its lie has whiskers? Will it be able to see black eye dots on a grey fly at midnight on a new moon? Or, is the real purpose of that fly to attract and catch an angler?

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