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Monday, July 9, 2012

1 Wooly Bugger for 2 Shots of JD

"A Jack Daniels Fishing Story" is posted by the YellowStoneFly ftom the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. It was a gift from one of my email buddies listed below. He knew JD was my flavor of choice.

"I went fishing this morning, but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. "Frogs are good bass bait," I thought to myself.

Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket. Just then, I realized I had a problem: how was I going to release the snake without getting bit? So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. The snake's eyes rolled back and he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.

A little later, I felt a nudge at my foot. There was that same snake with two more frogs in its mouth. Life is good in the South." I would have given him two shots for one nice big wooly bugger.

My thanks to my friend Tom for this tall, southern tale and his southern charm. Why don't you get out of that Florida heat and I'll take you Idaho fly fishing in our nice cool summertime weather.

The following is not a tall tale. My brother and I were once fishing near Columbus, Georgia and had caught a whole stringer of bluegill. You should have seen his expression when he grabbed the stringer to take home to our mom and found a large cottonmouth attached to the bottom fish. The point is; there are other creatures than humans that like sushi. So, be careful.

Remember drink responsibly and don't ever drive drunk!

Come fly fish northern Idaho and I guarantee you there will be no poisonous snakes with which you have to deal. Come to think of it, fly fishing in northern Idaho also has the advantage of fewer mosquito bites as well. Now there are bear, moose, mountain lion and other critters occasionally, but you only have to be able to run fast. 

The Idaho Angler (

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         Clark Fork River - ID, MT 

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