In the last segment we had a look at the Royal
Coachman. Remember, one of my original ideas was, why do so many
flies catch fish, and does it really matter. There was a book about 2001 flies,
all of which catch trout! Here now for a comparison, are the Adams and the
Royal Coachman side by side from underwater.
Although not exactly alike, there are great similarities between the two. They,
in hand, are radically different. From below, remarkably alike. With two so
seemingly opposite looking flies appearing so similar my quest was driven ever
onward. I was determined to find some flies that would look different. I got
creative as can be seen below.
This thing has the hackle in the middle, a tail way too long and the body in front.
A real mess. (No, I have not tried to fish it, but, I bet it would catch fish.) Let's look
at it from below.
I do not find this to be that far different from the other two. Some, but the
same general features. Notice how the extremely long hackle and tail did not
support it on the waters surface. And finally the fly from below looks like this.
At this point I was both discouraged (most flies looked quite similar) and encouraged
to go forward on my search. J. Castwell
Next time we get really bizarre.
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