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Mon., Feb. 14, 2011, 10:03 a.m.

Fly fishers getting their line yanked

A strategically placed fake rubber rattlesnake with a striking resemblance to the real thing has been surprising fly fishers along Rocky Ford Creek.  (Jerry McBride)
A strategically placed fake rubber rattlesnake with a striking resemblance to the real thing has been surprising fly fishers along Rocky Ford Creek. (Jerry McBride)

FLY FISHING – Last week, while fly fishing on Rocky Ford Creek north of Moses Lake, Pat Kendall of Spokane was startled to walk up on a rattlesnake coiled on a large flat rock.

“It’s mouth was open ready to strike and its tail was up ready to rattle,” he recounted, noting that the surprise rattled the hackle on his Stimulator.

“I froze and the snake seemed to do the same. I then backed away, touched the snake with my fly rod, and discovered it was plastic.

“Some joker had pulled a good one on me, putting the snake in just the right place. I’m sure he scared a bunch of others.”

Kendall didn’t think twice about what to do.

“The snake’s still there doing its thing,” he said.

Indeed, I've heard from two more anglers who have cured their hiccups as they stumbled onto the fake ankle biter, including Jerry McBride of Spokane, who calmed down enough to snap and share the photo above.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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