I've heard stories of things caught on a rod and reel, things like boots and tires.  But what we pulled out of the North Platte River was a first for me and maybe you too?

While taking a few minutes at the end of day, I headed with a couple friends to the North Platte River to squeeze in a quick fishing trip.  The bite was slow as the sun was setting, it was so beautiful and peaceful.  That's when there was a big tug on the fly line!  About time!!

But in bringing in what we thought might be a huge fish, there was no fight at the end of the line.  Dang it!  It was probably a clump of moss or a tree branch, my initial thought.  Only thing I did know was that it wasn't a fish.  As the object at the end of the line rose to the surface, I thought the fly had hooked into a beaver or maybe an otter (although game and fish will tell you there are no otters in the N.Platte River).   But upon a closer look, and again a lack of a fight, we quickly realized it wasn't either of those animals as well.  But what was it??

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As it got closer to the shore, I could smell it and it was certainly a dead animal.  Took me a minute to identify it in the fading light... but there it was... it was a chicken!  Not sure how it got into the N. Platte River, but I can tell you this - it was disgusting!!

We all had a big laugh and then took a couple of pictures.  Instantly I started singing Kip Attaway's Fishing for Chickens and still have that song stuck in my head!

Rick Darcy, Townsquare Media

If you've never seen my buddy Kip Attaway in concert, take a listen and enjoy Kip's song and video below.  And if you've caught something 'Not Natural' and want to share your story, please leave your that story in a comment below!