'Lives there a man with brain so dead, who to himself
has never said, "Boy, I wish I could invent a great fly
and get to name it." Why is that? There are a few of
you who may not have thought about it, mostly those
of you who do not tie, yet. And some of you have thought
Is it so important? To some it is worth nasty mail, small
claims court, and shin-kicking contests. But consider this.
You are fishing and ask someone what they are using.
"A muddler minnow." Well, there you are. No problem,
into your fly box and select one.
Or, this. "Hi, whatcha usin'?"
"This here is my own fly, a fuzzy-bugger."
Great, now what are you going to do? So, there is
something to be said for uniformity. How about the
ability to fish some classic piece of water and use
a fly that was used one-hundred years ago on that
very stream? Heady stuff.
By creating new flies with strange sounding names are
we in someway missing the trappings of fly-fishing?
Some of the mystique which binds us together?
I'll be fishing some eastern water this spring and
will try to use flies from the past. Famous patterns
for famous streams. Kind of adds something to it for
me, probably use the QG (Quill Gordon) a lot. I actually
hope to use flies tied by good friends instead of my own,
that adds an element too. I think I need to catch a
brook trout on a cane rod using a silk line with a QG
fly tied by old Rupe. That would be nice.
I don't care how good it is, I won't be casting any
'Fuzzy-buggers.' Am I an elitist snob, at times I
suppose I am.
Other times I would gladly use any new fly (especially
if I had tied it). There are not just a few places in
my area where the fly called 'Castwell's Marblehead' is
used with great success and is a somewhat known pattern.
It wasn't always though, took a few years to get around.
So there, I named a fly, I'm guilty of being human and
Come to think about it, most flies are variations of
another fly of some kind. Mine is a variation of a
streamer. What's yours, or haven't you named one ...yet?