excerpt from George Edward Mackenzie Skue’s dated yet timeless:
oh Yes, the war was on between him and the ill-aligned Halford and it’s easy to understand why:
” Numerous dry-fly men (including Halford) had observed that traditional winged wet flies represented no known underwater insect and declined to explore the possibilities – a blinkered decision as it turned out. Skues, on the other hand, was the first fisherman to make the point that the bulging rises which marked the first stage of the rise were caused by fish taking nymphs – nymphs that could be imitated if new patterns and a new method were developed. He pointed out that it was only later that fish began to take duns, and that on occasion the fish were so surfeited with nymphs that the rise was insignificant. Skues ‘third stage’ was the mopping up of stragglers by fish taking a mixture of duns, damaged or drowned flies and nymphs. He made the point that fishing wet to first and third stage fish didn’t spoil dry fly fishing in the second stage and his most crucial discovery was that nymphing trout had to be struck, and that the timing of the strike depended on very subtle observation. “
leaving no room for (reasonable) debate, Skues proved once and for all (but maybe in less eloquent terms) that dry fly purists where nothing more than idle “wankers”, spineless takers of the easy route, snobby floatant-based, common something-or-other, bobber deviants whose puritan group was lead by none other than the not-so-high-floater Himself, Halford the Horrible, author of ‘Etc, Etc, Etc…. While Getting Some by the Water’ first published in 1886, burned in 1887.
thanks G.E.M, the World is a better place thanks to your efforts.