Nicholas’ Fly Fishing Glossary, February 22, 2011.
Not to worry, fellow fly fishing addicts. More questions and dictionary-precise glossary-definitions related to the insanity of fly fishing for salmon, steelhead, trout, carp, smallies, Atlantic Salmon, Tarpon, Bluegill, bonefish, boneheads, and Blue Sharks will follow, but not for awhile. This is the last installment, until the next of blogosphere inquiries inspires a rant. Meanwhile, here goes.
- Q: What do winter steelheaders eat?
A: Following up on the recent post on stomach contents of winter steelhead, one blog reader asked what winter steelhead anglers eat, suggesting that such information not be based on direct examination of guts. Nice call. Recently, the above digitally photographed food matter was observed near a winter steelhead fly fisher. This is a bit of a reach to conclude that said angler would actually have eaten this grilled cheese, but hey, it’s possible, and at least as informative as the other answers posed to Blogosphere questions.
Q: What is a “Little Joe” pram?
A: This is an apparent reference to young Joe Koffler, son of Bruce Koffler, of Koffler (duh) Boats in Eugene Oregon. Joe has never, in my knowledge, been referred to as Little Joe. He is however, younger than his dad and they do make great fly fishing prams, so perhaps therefore follows the reference to a Little Joe pram. Dunno.
Q: What is a Stinger?
A: The sharp poison-laced thingy protruding from the rear end of a bee, wasp, or similar bug likely to be found in the foot of one’s GoreTex waders each time one slips his or her toes into said waders in the morning before venturing forth to the river. Also, a stinger is a fly hook that trails on a harness of string, Dacron, Fireline, Superbraid, dental floss, or barbed bite wire, for the express purpose of fooling a salmon or steelhead into thinking that it can get away with simply “nipping” at the tail of a swimming fly thereby getting the salmon or steelhead fly fisher all excited and drooling and such forth without getting an actual hook tangled in afore mentioned fish’s mouth.
Q: What does “Peril” refer to regarding steelhead fishing?
A: The well-known and oft fished Purple Peril steelhead fly has been around in many derivative forms and does indeed pose a “peril” to any steelhead within view of this fly. Not that the fish will be caught; just that the fly might make the fish laugh so hard that it flops out of the water and the fly fisher pounces on it. Also, peril is the condition faced by any human; man, woman, or child, once the steelhead fly fishing bug hits home.
Q: What are Plastic bead flies?
A: The nasty things you refer to are not flies. Plastic beads do not, under any circumstances, qualify as a fly. Not even.
Q: What does Gape mean?
A: To let one’s mouth hang open in wonderment at some of the crazy questions people pose to the Blogosphere. Also, the term gape refers to the distance, measured in angstroms, between the hook shank and the hook point. For hook manufacturers like Tiemco, this feature is standardized and replicable between all the various hook models and sizes: as in, one can recognize a size 2 hook in any model, pretty much. For Gamakatsu hooks, it seems that the hook designers were ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms because a #2 Glo bug Hook placed side by side with a #2 Tarpon hook will leave you scratching your head in wonderment.
Q: What is “Real” fly fishing?
A: Any fly fishing is “real” fly fishing. So long as such practice is engaged with string, pole, and any fly, which excludes use of plastic beads, jigs, and pink rubber worms as fly substitutes.
Nicholas’ Fly Fishing Glossary, February 22, 2011