On last week's Idaho Back Roads, master fly tyer Nate Brumley showed me how to tie a colored emerger.
My pattern was not nearly as good as his, but he agreed to try to catch a fish on it.
But the river is rising, and the fish are not.
After several hours of fishing, Nate lands two nice brown trout, and I bring only one fish to the surface, but fail to hook it.
And no, he doesn't catch either fish on the fly I tied.
Nate's website includes regular blogs on fishing conditions around the region.