Clever Little Devils

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

Midsummer but pre-dawn, I stood freezing on the bank of a deep lake-sized waterfall pool, flogging the fish-rich water for three hours without so much as a line twitch. I’d braved the precarious path down a steep slope across teetering, wet, moss-covered rocks, favorite rod in hand, knowing that one slip would at least be painful and might well prove more costly than that…there to stand in the teeth of the waterfall’s wicked soaking wind, casting, trying everything, to no avail. Several hours later, about 8:45am I suddenly began to get good strikes. Nothing had changed in my location, presentation, fly depth or fly pattern.

Just a fluke, I decided, and three days later (after recovering in the body temperature department) I arose at 5am, snuck out of camp, donned waders and returned to the same spot, where I enjoyed the same three hours of shivering, the same expletives-deleted disappointment, which ended only about 8:50am, when the mist was lifting from the water’s surface and I began to get strikes.

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Creature of Habitat

From Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Author of ARCHANGEL, a suspense thriller…which has some fly fishing in it, and OPEN DISTANCE, a deep sea adventure thriller…all about watery habitat.

Beautiful River Rainbow
Beautiful River Rainbow

I’ve heard it said that trout live in beautiful places, and it takes no more than a single glance above their fluid world – at snow-blanketed ranges and breeze-cleansed, wildflower-strewn mountain meadows and soaring ospreys – to know that it is true. We do our best to protect their home…but why? Why do I care?

I’d become hooked on fly fishing long before, as a child, probably by reading some issue of Outdoor Life my Dad had subscribed to for my sake, but in those days my focus was on largemouth bass. I was growing up in Ohio, after all, and unless I wanted to toss poppers at catfish and carp, bass was the deal.

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