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Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, Former National Park Superintendent

There is a fine article in the Spring issue, 2017, of Fly Tyer magazine by Ed Van Put, entitled The Legend of Dan Cahill. Dan Cahill, it is alleged in stories, created the Cahill fly. But, the author’s extensive research, and he did an admirable job of research, could not find any contribution or source that confirmed Dan Cahill was a real person, or that he originated the pattern for the Cahill fly at all. Nevertheless, someone created the famous Cahill fly, but it appears the originator is absent in written historical references other than stories which the author could not find written references for corroboration. Quite possibly it was one of the famous Catskill fly tiers who was experimenting with derivations of Theodore Gordon’s famous contribution, the Quill Gordon. I guess we will never know. I readily admit I tied a lot of light and dark Cahill flies as a young beginning fly tier in Pennsylvania from 1948 through the 1950s. All those flies were as described in an old pattern book which I passed on to another beginning fly tier in 1994 along with my Herter’s $3.95 fly tying vise that I had been using for the previous forty-six years and it was still entirely functional.

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

In an earlier article I discussed how “aversion” benefits creatures. They needn’t think through threats or their species’ survival strategies in order to achieve sufficient survival rates that the species continues. As long as the threats are not outside the natural order–for example as long as those threats aren’t strange synthesized chemicals to which the creature has no natural aversion but which will nevertheless kill them all–aversion as a risk management scheme serves a species well.

In particular I brought this concept around to trout’s aversion to light. In their inability to invent sunglasses (and their absence of ears on which to hang them), hiding from light saves them from many clawed and toothy critters. They need only retreat to deep water in midday “because I hate that dang light,” and only come back out to the shallows at low light due to the absence of same, and they’re reasonably safe without even knowing what’s out there trying to feast on them–without knowing what a life strategy is.

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Day Trip – Penstock Lagoon

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

Called the Jewel of the Highlands by Australian angler Malcolm Crosse, Penstock Lagoon is one of those idyllic angling spots that will stay etched in your memory. Our hosts in Tasmania, Peter and Karen Brooks of Driftwater chose a perfect day for the journey and fishing on Penstock Lagoon. Nestled in a gum forest high on the Tasmanian Central Plateau, Penstock, at 900 acres is not a large lake. There is very little development along the shoreline. Maybe a dozen or more small fishing shacks, most of which have been along the eastern shore hidden among the gums for decades. The lagoon was formed in the 1950s as part of a Tasmanian Hydro scheme by damming a small tributary of the Shannon river. Average depth might be 10 feet, but there is a lot of shallow, wadable water along the shorelines.

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