” The balance of probability, I think, leans to the theory that the trout is so obsessed by the pressure of appetite the he only sees what he wants to see – his supposed insect prey – and ignores the hook as an irrelevant detail, all of which goes to prove that the wily trout of the poets and journalists is – may Providence be devoutly thanked for it – really rather a stupid person. “


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.

4 thoughts on “” The balance of probability, I think, leans to the theory that the trout is so obsessed by the pressure of appetite the he only sees what he wants to see – his supposed insect prey – and ignores the hook as an irrelevant detail, all of which goes to prove that the wily trout of the poets and journalists is – may Providence be devoutly thanked for it – really rather a stupid person. “

  1. Sigmund says: “Your obsession with Halford’s sexuality is most interesting.”
    Also, let us not forget that Halford was considerably handsomer than Skues, so he was actually getting some, and invented dry fly purism as an excuse for not fishing, freeing time for the ladies.
    The balance of probability, I think, leans to the theory that Skues had no such needs.

      • oh that’s a no brainer: it’s the closest to a bbc he could get away with in early 20th century Europe. being Jewish, he had trouble enough already in those days.
        he literally wrote the book on such substitutions. but he also suspected that after all, what he really longed for was a fly rod, which he would rather have wiggled instead of chewing a cigar while listening to a nutjob babbling. after all, he was Austrian, there’s good fishing over there.

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