dongish’ winged worm

born from indecision,

dongish' worm thingy m.fauvet:tlc

the kind that says “you know worm imitations are always good early season fly thingies for when there aren’t any pronounced hatches !” and “dude, it’s March and you should be fishing March Browns !” and then the “ffs, you’ve been to the river three times last week and the bugs are playing dead, the only thing they’re (the fishes) are really excited about are baitfish imitations” and all that compounded by the sudden tying arousal provoked by yesterday’s arrival of this yummy new Premier vise by Marc Petitjean,
MP Premier m.fauvet:tlc
compounded by wanting to try out an all-in-one (material) abdomen/body that’s been safely tucked away behind all the voices noted above (there’s a whole lotta more but somehow the sexy vise managed to eclipse them at least temporarily) and this curved, appropriately-limped, subsurface, winged and dongy-worm thingy happened.
the voices say its gonna kick ass and i’m not about to contradict them. although me managed to fight the streamer directive (there’s tons of them in the box anyhow), at times its simply best to be submissive to oneself and simply bow deeply, tie as they dictate, drive, cast and reel them in.

Greenwell’s Glory: The History of a Classic Fly

via A fly Fishing History by Dr. Andrew N. Herd

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There are all sorts of variations on the story of how the first Greenwell’s Glory came to be tied, but there is no doubt that it was the invention of Canon William Greenwell of Durham, pictured above in his later years. In his early teens, Greenwell learned to fish on the Browney, a tiny beck which winds its way into the Wear within a few miles of where I am writing this article. Our hero was a mere whipper-snapper of thirty-three when he travelled up to Scotland with the Durham Rangers fishing club to their waters at Sprouston and at Henderside on the Tweed, and it was at Sprouston where the idea for the fly came to him. The canon had had a rather thin day’s fishing one day in May when the water was alive with March Browns, but the fish were to determined to take another fly which he couldn’t recognise. Make a careful note of Greenwell’s thoughts:

‘ I caught some of them, and came to the conclusion that the best imitation would be the inside of a blackbird’s wing, with a body of red and black hackle, tied with yellow silk. ‘

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It just goes to show how they were conditioned to think in those far off days, because here were the fish rising to take insects on the surface, and yet the canon came up with a classic design for a fly – perfect in every way, but designed to be fished wet. Of course, dry fly fishing was only in its infancy in 1854 and capable fisherman though he was, Greenwell was no revolutionary. So he took his ideas along to Jimmy Wright’s humble abode and told him what was needed. Wright already was the best-known fly tyer on the Tweed and it sounds like he must have been a bit sceptical at first about the new pattern, but he soon changed his mind:

‘ Next day I had as fine a day’s sport as I ever remember, and going, on my return, to James Wright, he asked me what success I had had. I told him I had filled my creel. ‘Why’, he said, ‘but your creel holds 32 lb.’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘but I have got my pockets full as well.’ ‘Wonderful!’ he said, ‘with March Brown, no doubt.’ ‘No,’ I said, ‘almost all on the new fly. Dress me another dozen for to-morrow… ‘


apart from the vision of creels and pockets stuffed with dead fish… this is cool stuff.
i can’t get enough of these old finds because they continually remind me of all the things we think we discovered recently, but where already known hundreds of years ago…
click either pic for the complete article. enjoy !

brainwashem’ young- Davie’s Mini-Me

in what’s a wonderful mix of weird trippy and woW  !  young David Strawhorn’s explanations are up there with the best.
some say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and i’ll certainly agree in this case. one thing’s for sure is this lad’s been studying and studying well, leaving no stones unturned.
being able to properly explain what we’re doing means that each step has been thought out and analysed and all the pieces of the puzzle have been put together correctly at the end: one of the better ways to learn for anyone of any age but maybe David’s example of this is a reminder for some of us oldun’s that in a day and age where kids are often seen as incapable of doing anything other than gaming or text messaging, there’s a lot more to them than we might think. be sure to  share this with your kids. enjoy !