I saw the fish dart out from under the deadfall before it struck, but it happened too quickly for me to react. That's a good thing. The only possible reaction I could have had-once I saw the size of the fish-would have been to stop my retrieve. And that would have been the exact wrong thing to do. Instead, I felt the bait stop dead in the water, so I set the hook and became one with a thick-bodied, 20-inch-plus brown trout. I was fishing on one of Michigan's most popular trout streams, on a stretch that had no doubt seen a whole bait shop's worth of night crawlers, dry flies, streamers and spinners over the previous month. But there's a good chance the fish I caught was completely unfamiliar with the 5-inch-long floating/diving balsa wood minnow I had just presented.