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Thoughts from a dinosaur


There are many different ways to tie a fly. Take an Adams for example. The original was tied with different material than the one we know today. They have even evolved into variations of themselves: parachute Adams come to mind as well as paradunns.

With the introduction of new material (all synthetic) some patterns look more like a plug or spoon than a fly pattern …especially streamers. I’m surprised no one has come up with a Rapala imitation.

But, different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes.

What has evolved along with the “new and improved,” is cost. Not only are these glittery, long, creations gaudy, they’re expensive. If you don’t tie your own, expect to spend four-six dollars and up for a single one. And the by-product is, impatience and the expectation of catching big fish every time you hit the water …usually with a guide.

For “my two cents” it’s taken the craftsmanship out of fly tying. I know some of the new glittery creations are colorful and pretty, but who knows if you made a mistake tying it? As far as I can tell, the more glitter and fluff tied to a big hook, the better. I’m surprised there isn’t a movement to allow treble hooks.

Don’t mind my grousing …just thoughts from a dinosaur.



Thoughts from a dinosaur

  1. Rich Merlino says:

    You are so correct. I have always found that simplicity is more effective. If it takes me 20 minutes to tie a difficult pattern, i may not take the shot at casting so close to that log jam and hence less a shot for a hook up. Older patterns worked plain and simple. That’s why they’ve been around for so long. You don’t need to spend a whole lot of extra time and money to make a great fish catcher. H

    1. admin says:

      Words from the master. I still have and use some of the nymphs you tied and gave me. If you come up this summer, let’s get together and float the “ugly boat.”

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