Arriving at a remote lodge at the request of the State Department and a South American diplomat, a reluctant Wolfe prepares to cook trout for an oil tycoon's fishing party when Archie discovers one of the men dead in the river.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Schurmann ...
O. V. Bragan
Robert Bockstael ...
David Leeson
Spiros Papps
Susannah Hoffmann ...
Sally Leeson
Ambassador Theodore Kelefy
James Arthur Ferris
Adria Kelefy
Capt. Jasper Colvin
Nate the Trooper
D.A. Herman Jasper
Reporter (as Adam Reid)
Leslie McAfee ...


The State Department asks Wolfe to help them out at the Adirondack lodge of oil magnate O. V. Bragan, hosting a trout-fishing weekend for South American diplomat Theodore Kelefy, who has requested Wolfe be on hand to prepare his famous gourmet trout recipe. Other oil tycoons are also in attendance in hope of securing coveted oil leases from the ambassador. Although Wolfe characteristically takes no part in the fishing component of the excursion, Archie is only too happy to try his hand at landing a prize brook trout. He is distracted by the beautiful and overly flirtatious Mrs. Kelefy, who is not shy about using her considerable charms on men other than her husband. Initially excited when he thinks he's landed a big one, Archie hooks the lifeless body of the Assistant Secretary of State on his line. Wolfe had hoped to exit the lodge immediately after preparing the fish but now finds himself with a more daunting task - hooking and landing the murderer. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Action | Drama | Mystery





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18 August 2002 (USA)  »

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