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Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying materials, they were created and improved upon at a far slower pace than todays modern counterparts; limited by materials available and the tiers imagination.

Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish the flies. Perhaps?

Part Two hundred-fifteen

Remember Frogging?

By John McBride


Remember when as a kid, you would catch frogs, shoot them with your Red Rider BB' gun, chase them, stick one into a girl's desk at school, or just plain mess around with frogs?

We used to adventure out and around, past our bed time with a flashlight, and a gunny sack. You just had to shine the light into the frog's eyes, and grab it, and shove it into the sack.

Everyone you asked who actually ate them, said that the legs were a French favorite.

When fried, the legs would twitch, as if they were still alive. (I never got the nasty job of cleaning the doomed frogs.)

The engineer where I work, told me that his uncle used to wear a pair of waders, and an inner tube, and the weapon of choice was a "Ping-Pong" paddle taped onto a broom handle. He said that his uncle had a blast. . . slapping the frogs unconscious, and then just grabbing them as they floated back up to the surface!

I recently got taken out after dark, (in a boat with a trolling motor) in search of some massive frogs, to fix the next day as a dinner for twenty.

This adventure would be somewhat different than one of my childhood escapades, as we were going to use cane poles and flies.

Almost as fun as chasing them down, you just ease along the lily pads looking for jumbo frogs, and when one is spotted you shine the light into it's eyes, and swing any fly out to the frog, (Barbless, with either some kind of feathers, or rubber legs work best!) and you just have to tickle it's nose....and gulp...it is taken.

Lift the rod and swing the frog into the boat, smack it's head with a mallet, and toss into a sack.

Repeat, till you get enough frogs.

Now if there are some out there who are squeamish, just look at the menu of a few high priced restaurants and you will see this favorite is quite expensive. (And who actually knows where they get their legs from?)

    Now for the cleaning:
    Sever the legs from the body at the hips, and then trim the feet off. Peel the skin off like a tiny pair of spandex' pants. Rinse in water, then toss into a bowl of milk.

    Let soak overnight in milk. (Or at least one hour!)
    Mix:
    1 cup of flour
    one quarter cup of cornmeal
    two teaspoons of salt
    one teaspoon of red pepper in a bowl.

    Take legs out of milk, and put into mixture and swirl around till covered.
    Fry in hot oil for about four minutes.DO NOT OVERCOOK!

I am told that they taste like alligator, (And you can catch them the same way as the frogs!) but I am not going to try it and find out! ~ John

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