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by Slim Randles

Doc was sitting on the stump as though it were a throne.

“I hereby call to order the meeting of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Appreciation and Apprehension Society,” he said. “Mr. Secretary, what did we do at our last meeting?”

Without blinking, Dud said, “Nothing. We didn’t have one.”

“OK. So let’s go on to new business. New business is: how do we catch The Lunker?”

Herb raised his hand. “We gang fly him.”

“Please elaborate, Herb.”

“Well, we’ve never been able to catch him on a single fly, so I figure if we all cast different kinds of flies simultaneously at the rock he’s under, one of them is bound to tickle his fancy.”

“Do we have a second for Herb’s motion?”

Duly seconded by Marvin, Dud and Dewey.

The Lunker, a giant rainbow trout which has evaded capture for several years, lives under what is now called Lunker Rock here in Lewis Creek. The kids have even tried worms and salmon eggs on him, to no avail. We wouldn’t think of using them, but it is a head-scratching problem even for experienced fly fishermen, like us.

Marvin, arguably the best fly tier in the county, raised his hand and Doc nodded at him.

“I want to use a dry,” Marvin said. “I’m thinking an Adams on a size 16.”

“Any objections? No objections being heard, Marvin’s good for an Adams. Dewey, how about a Muddler Minnow? OK? I remember you casting one of those without hurting anyone.” “Got it, Doc.”

Dud said, “I could try a wet fly. I have a really nice Coachman that Marvin tied for me.”

“So moved. And I think I’ll see if he likes a stone fly nymph. That just leaves you, Janice.”

Janice Thomas, an avid angler and the art teacher at our high school, had been sitting quietly through all this, looking something between startled and amused at the conversation.

“Nobody’s picked a streamer fly, Janice, if you’re interested,” Doc said.

“I have a better idea,” she said. “Why don’t we just get a bunch of nets and scoop him out of there.”

Sounds of shock and dismay!

“Of course not, Janice,” Doc said. “That wouldn’t be … well, sporting!”

Brought to you by Slim’s new book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at http://www.nmsantos.com/ Slim/Slim.html.

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