|THERE WAS A MORE SIMPLE TIME|
|LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY|
.. Was it really that way? HDH? Spinner Flies? Lacquered lines? Pfluger? Horrocks-Ibbotson? Nylon? Granger Special? Agate line guide? Such a flood of stuff.
.. So we took a few snaps and nailed them in here for our own edification. We actually used that stuff. We remember the great transition from steel and bamboo to fiberglass. Then all the new graphite based composites. They may be better but, a nick into the fabric can spell trouble.
|AN NPS NO NO!|
.. Of course fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park is defined as fishing with a fly - - even if it is cast with a spinning rod and held up with a casting bubble.
|AN NPS YES YES!|
.. It is O.K. if the propeller is a brass chunk and has a hole in it - - much more metal and weight than the propeller. Wonderful the mental progress we've made.
|IS THIS A FLY?|
.. Fly fishing, (whatever that may be,) is so sacrosanct in Yellowstone National Park that they are protecting invasive fish for the fly fishing only crowd. My my.
.. But we digress, contemporary political governmental bureaucracy is way beyond our ken. Those folks don't even fish!
.. The evolution of the pastime has brought us to the gear proliferation horizon in the archaeology of fishing.
.. Whether you choose to fish for warm water or cold water fish; whether you choose to fish in fresh or salt water - - you better have the gear that the counter help is selling at the moment. Woe betide you if you show up with the "wrong" stuff!
|SPIFFY OLD STICK|
.. What ever may be the case with the old stuff, it works and we're going to use it up. We enjoy the memories that the old stuff engenders. We enjoy the familiarity of the stuff that is not so new.
.. We really enjoy being told that it isn't as good as the new stuff. We smile and watch the scoffing contemporary gonzo fishers charge through the water, scaring the fish and following the guide: with over $4,000 in gear on, in, and around their body.
.. We can buy a pretty good fish truck for the gear and guide price. But then, it ain't no AUDI!