Damsels and Dragons

whether they’re screwing around whilst flying, planking on a blade of grass or sunbathing while shaking their butts, these gorgeous creatures not only bring out fantastic visions of fishing terrestrial imitations and their oft explosive takes but maybe more importantly, they’re reminders of nice summer days by the water and these memories are something to cherish and keep with us throughout the colder months.

thanks to great videographer Tbfxtcxzo for allowing us to relive these warm buggy moments all year.

Contrasting Nymphs

one very realistic rendition
contrasting nymph 1

and one that catches fish.

apart from being a gorgeous drawing i couldn’t say exactly what species the top one is in the Ephemeroptera/mayfly world but it isn’t a baetis as these only have two tails.
i guess my point is that in fly selection we have basically two choices. either we decide the fish will only be interested in eating something that very closely resembles the original or we decide to use something that may or may not suggest these same bugs but there’s a few key elements that grab their attention enough to open their mouths and munch them without fear.
i’ll take the latter any day and it’s not about not wanting to tie precious realistics and the ensuing fear of losing them or the time needed to make them or hunting down the right materials or whatever but rather that in my eyes at least, the more tiers try to exactly reproduce insects the farther away they get from actually reproducing them. most will display their flies by themselves and the average angler wows and oooo’s with synesthesia ummm, the thought of what a bug should look like but when placed besides a natural, the latter rightfully hides in shame. poor bugs, poor anglers but the fish at least get a laugh.

well ok, this wasn’t intended to start off as a rant but you know, things happen. bless their gullible souls.
anyway… !  Han’s new tying tutorial shows us how to tie this groovy, simple-to-make trout candy that falls neatly into the second category. enjoy !

tip: the same basic build with a pinch of marabou as the tail would make an awesome damsel imitation.

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Halford was a nympher.

or, Floating Flies and How to Undress Nymphs: A Treatise on the most Modern Methods of Dressing Artificial Flies for Trout and Grayling while Getting Some by the Water– by Frederic M. Halford 1886

a far cry from what historians would want us to believe, recent in-deep research and accounts from french collaborateur scientists and a few dried-out victims have shown that Halford’s inclination wasn’t so much about fishing or dry fly dressing, but rather voracious buggered’ nymph-undressing fiending and the whole dry-fly purity was just a ploy to confuse his wife Eileen (and lull her into a deep sleep) while he was out doing the ‘angle’.  wow

a few quotes from his admirers:

“Always searching for some freshly hatched bug, forever on the prowl for willing stream-side nymphettes and damsels or whatever might come by when a hatch wasn’t on.”

“N’er dry, Me likem’ moist !” he was known to say. sorry to be so repetitive but i have to add another wow

“Halford is pictured by many as a joyless old didact who enforced the dry fly code against all reasoned opposition. As modern science has proved this is not the case. Although Halford’s writing was heavily influenced by the fact that he had relatively little experience of fishing the wet fly, we certainly won’t hold it against him for the simple reason being, he wasn’t actually fishing.
The Halford cronies that followed in his wake were somewhat less forgiving in their attitude to moisty fly fishing, and in particular in their opposition to the use in any form of the nymph whether it be on land or in water. Frederic Halford himself is a pivoting figure in fly fishing history. Whilst some of Halford’s reasoning may be open to question, his dedication is not, and the man who gave so much of his life to the development of dry fly fishing deservedly takes his place among the great men of the angle.”

anyhow, regardless of his inclines, the book below is a feast for the eyes and a gateway through a time portal towards a charming old moldy past. i highly recommend reading it, specially while at work.

click HERE to download the pdf of this fantastic book. the file’s a little slow to come up and scrolling’s slow too but it’s well worth the wait !

via Open Library and a slightly distorted translation of
Fly Fishing History‘s texts.

where it all happened…