Dan Carpenter fashions a fly rod out of a willow branch, paper clips and duct tape, and learns that while catching fish is possible with the lowest of tech, it’s not quite as fun as graphite. “I was actually able to get the 7-weight line out there,” he said. “The line slipped the guides pretty well. I could even mend with it. “There was a hatch, and I tied on a Quill Gordon, ginger, No. 12. “I got it laid down and the fly was floating nice when a big body came right up and scooped it.” Rich Landers in The Olympian.