Secondly we have a winner in the Instagram #gnarlyfishinghat contest. Congratulations to freestateflyangler. His hat was pretty disgusting but his story was even better!
"sweat stained from hours on the water, scuffed up and torn in several spots where my German shepherd had bitten and scratched with his paws in a successful effort to dig and pull me out of the mud and silt and save me from drowning when a huge section of bank that I was on above a deep section of water gave way tumbling myself and the mass of dirt within the depths of the river, proceeding to suck me under with no footing until my dog scratched his way down to me and biting and pulling at my clothing until I could reach solid roots with my hands and pull myself to solid ground."
And finally, I have been keeping pretty detailed track of how many carp I have caught by body or water, month and fly since 2011. I thought you all might be interested in this chart. Double-Click to enlarge:
Naturally there is a bit of a chicken and the egg situation here. I catch a ton of carp on the Leather Trouser Worm because it is a good fly but also because I am confident in it and tie it on. Allot!