June 12th, 2000
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Invention Equals Angling Success
By Chris Harper
I made the Hand Held Vise after a trip to Hazel Creek NC. I was fishing
without having any luck on the flies that were supposed to be in season.
Then I saw a caterpillar floating down the stream. I watched as a huge Brown
took it. I climbed onto the bank and sat there watching trout eat those
caterpillars for a while. I sure could have used my vise then!
Now that I have the vise my fishing technique has changed quite a bit.
Instead of tying on a fly and jumping right in, I find a good place to sit and
watch what is going on. After a while I create the perfect match to what
the fish are eating and catch trout for hours. Some responses
manufacturers have given indicated that they didn't feel fishermen
would waste time tying flies by the stream. I would argue if the
fishermen slowed down enough to tie a fly they would catch many more
trout each and every trip.
I got into Fly Fishing because of the challenge the trout gives. Trout
are picky about their food and that gives me a challenge to match and
present that food. Tying my flies when I get to a location intensifies the
feeling of accomplishment when I land a large trout other fishermen
just couldn't get to bite.
~ Chris Harper
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