By Virginia Livergood
Why would you want to tickle a trout? To amuse yourself, to amaze your friends, or to provide a great fish dinner. Maybe you’ll come up with your own reasons to tickle or not to tickle a trout after you read this story.
My friend, Hap Chapman returned from a campout at Crater Lake, altitude 11,700 feet, near South Fork, Colorado. He planned to fish for trout to feed the nine campers in his party so had taken a rod and reel. Finding the trout not interested in the fat, juicy worms he had dug, he claimed he caught the fish by hand. I’m incredulous. How in the world do you catch a trout with your hands? I can barely hold on to one well enough to get it off my hook!