Voices from the river

Voices from the River: The ONE bug

By Kirk Deeter

I love off-beat, impossible-to-answer questions like these:

What fly pattern do you think has caught the most fish in the history of the world? What do you think is the most common fly in the boxes of anglers throughout the world?

Of course, I always get the “If you had ONE fly…” question, and the answer I usually give is that it depends on the time and place. T he one fly I’d choose on the Snake River in September is, naturally, going to be different than the one fly I’d choose on the Delaware in April.

But if you pinned me down, I’d say one pattern would be in the mix as the answer to all those questions: The Muddler Minnow.

Check out the latest issue of TROUT magazine for Dave Whitlock’s column, “The Incredible Muddler Minnow.”

In typical fashion, Dave gives us the details on this incredible fly like nobody else has. The master on a masterpiece. It’s one of my favorite parts of the new Spring 2017 issue, which should be landing in your mailboxes right around now.

Kirk Deeter is the vice president of Trout Media and the editor of TROUT Magazine. He lives and works in the mountains west of Denver, Colo.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.