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  • Saturday, September 07, 2013

    Gigantuous & Eensy

    ODD DUCKS INDEED
    Tickle Your Purity
    feel smug about flotation
    THE MEGA STIMULATOR:  FLOATS LIKE A CORK
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    .. There are some fisher folk that refuse the bobber. For years bits of yarn, toothpicks, foam stickies, and other bits of stuff were called "indicators" in an attempt to disguise the fact that they added flotation as well as visibility to the fly leader and it's attendant flies.
    .. Soon, (it's a generational thing,) it became common for the fishers of the fly to call a spade a spade bobber a bobber!
    .. Still, however, there are those that are pure of heart and clean of spirit. Not a bobber in the vest. Not a toothpick to be found. No yarn. No foam stickies - chartreuse or otherwise.
    TWO TONED FOAM ANT WITH WHITE WING: MINI BOBBER
    .. These elite egoistic purists gentle souls have discovered that there are ways to provide visual enhancements as well as floatation within the rigid strict confining simple parameters of stodgy restrictive conventional traditional fly fishing.
    .. The most common way, (in our neighborhood,) to fool your ego is to tie some huge Stimulator flies.
    .. Make sure that the wing is twice the size that it ought to be. Fill the body with lots of hollow ungulate hair. Be sure that the thing will hold up a respectable fly. Accept that you will be fishing a fly that is not fashionable at the time - but it is a fly.
    .. Then, supply your rig with a beautiful dropper fly that will satisfy the other fishers neighbors feather merchants experts fish. Right now that means some sort of terrestrial critter that will entice a fish: perhaps an ant.
    CDC ANT -- DELIGHTFUL BIT OF TRADITION
    .. The most cagy of the neighborhood traditionalists use a high-floating foam ant with white wings. They would never acknowledge that it too is a bobber, (with a hook.)
    .. Some of the "not so cagy" fishers are of a bent that demands real fur and feathers. These folks engage their souls with a CDC ant. They love the fact that it seems "more authentic."
    .. We have not the psychological strength to maintain the fiction that the fish know the difference. Then, again, we're not selling flies or dreams or tradition. We're trying to catch fish. Sometimes even the traditional will do the job.
    .. Then again . . .
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    THE "DEVIL WORM" -- IT SINKS,  IT CAN'T BE SEEN,  IT CATCHES FISH