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A Fly Went By . . .

Oh, I am so fortunate to know a little about a lot of things. I could expect to be a solid second if on Jeopardy, or with the right phone a friend, could even snap up a majority of a million dollars, if that is show still on.

And then there are a few things that I know next to nothing about. Fishing would be very near the top of the list. (No, we will not cross reference interest level at this time.) I do recognize that there are fishing subsets: oceans and seas, and rivers and lakes, catch and release, catch and pan-fry, fishing from boats or from banks, or if geared properly from Cabela’s (point for me for knowing it’s an outdoor gear mecca) one could wade or float right in the water and fish til their hearts are content.

“Fly fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.” -Harry Middleton

My fishing knowledge pretty much adds up to a big zip. Always fish with a license, most likely a buddy too. And many, many people love fishing.

However, I now have a collection with two vintage 3-piece bamboo fly fishing rods. They are at a minimum 50 years old, and perhaps 10-20 years could be added on too.  Nifty canvas carrying cases. (My favorite thing is the fish logo on them.)  Plus an additional slick aluminum tube that carries three back-up tips/ends/tops.   (Yes, I did read up, but one cannot retain all of the correct terminology. . . at least I didn’t say ‘thingy’.)


The best (cutest?) part is the collection of hand-tied flies.  From what I was told at the Angler Shop, these varieties look delicious to trout.  I like the colors.  They are quite beautiful, and like many with age, still darn sharp. (And spunky.)


 “If fishing is a religion, fly  fishing is high church.” –Tom Brokaw

CAM02740 CAM02748These are recently unpacked from my Dad’s and Granddad’s things. Two men who appreciated the nuances of nature and the sport of fly-fishing.

Seems like the perfect types of items to put into a cabin. . . . now where to find one.

“There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.”  –Patrick F. McManus

If you feel like taking out your rod and reel, please heed this advice, which I had (surprisingly) heard before:

Bringing a banana aboard a fishing boat won’t win you any friends among anglers-but it might score you a wedgie.  You can forget about black cats crossing your path or broken mirrors, because to many fishermen around the world, there is nothing unluckier than a banana on board a boat.   From Boating World Magazine

Here fishy fishy

One Thought on “A Fly Went By . . .

  1. Eggplant on 23 August, 2013 at 7:44 pm said:

    Love the flies! You should shadowbox frame them…

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