Crazy Eddie’s Crazy Eddies

Want to find big fish? Find a big eddy. Want to snap a rod over your knee in frustration after watching a big fish eat happily in the safety of a spinning vortex of cast-proof water? Find a big eddy. When currents collide with rocks, downed trees and big banks, those swirling, churning waters hold large fish in big numbers. Getting a fly to those fish can take a pinch of skill, a dash of luck and a whole bucketful of patience. Fishing funky eddies can be a challenge that can drive a man to drink well before quitting time. But when a big trout eats on top and the reel sings, frustration can turn to elation in a heartbeat. Here’s my advice: don’t skip the eddies, and don’t give up after the hundredth cast. That hundredth and oneth might just be the oneth. Or something like that…

The Clark Fork river west of Missoula is known for big water, backwater slicks, and challenging eddies. All three came together perfectly for Jayme Erickson when she hooked into this top-eating rainbow trout.

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