|Not just for breakfast anymore!|
1) A "Stimulator" is:
- Damn, you have a dirty mind....
- An attractor fly pattern developed by Randall Kaufman though some say it was someone else.
- ✓ A double shot of espresso and a PBR.
- The mating dance of a Yellowstone Panda Bear
While I know that an undulating Yellowstone Panda can be quite intoxicating to those of you who have witnessed this rare beast, all the big guides know the way to burn off the morning fog is a double shot and a bit of the Hair o' the Dog. Now that's Stimulatin'! Especially if they have to spend a day rowing your sorry ass around the river catching nothin'.
|The best of both worlds. And|
Grizzly's prefer it two to one
over Jack Daniels.
- A high floating wing material for dry flies and emergers as made famous by Tom Rosenbauer, Orvis fly fishing expert, in his eponymous Rosenbauer Rabbit's Foot Emerger
- Hopping down the bunny trail
- ✓ Dipping in barbecue sauce and secretly placing in the back of your buddy's vest when a bear approaches.
- A chew toy for your fishing dog.*
I've tried to use elk feet for such but have run into two problems: 1) They just don't soak up the barbecue sauce like bunny legs and B) try jamming one of those things in the back of a fly vest without being noticed. Stealth is the key. And being upwind of the walking dinner bell.
- A First Nation (i.e. Native American or, as John Wayne used to say, "Injun") tool used to perform minor oral surgery.
- A hybrid of a Rainbow Trout and a Cutthroat Trout despised by conservationists and fisheries biologists and valued by apathetic anglers everywhere.
- A new tool in the Leatherman™ lineup used by Idaho bow hunters during elk season.
- ✓ There is no "d", the answer is above.
Why do you look at me so stupidly? Of course the answer is above. You are no expert.
- Measure from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail
- Measure from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
- ✓ Why measure, you know how long it is.
- Ask your buddy to measure it so as to get the most accurate, independent measurement.**
The opening on my net is 17 inches long. Any fish that fits in it is therefore 17 inches long. Everything that doesn't, is bigger, let's say 20 inches. Why is this so difficult?
|Maybe there is a wrong way to|
rig a hopper-dropper-dropper-
- Tie the fly to the bend of the hook on the upper fly
- Tie the fly to the eye of the upper fly.
- Tie the fly to the tag end of the tippet knot.
- ✓ You think too much. Put the damn thing wherever you want. The fish don't give a crap.
Now I could cite the many quantitative studies that have been done to distinguish one set-up from another but they don't exist. I use method "a". But there's nothing anyone can say that would convince me that it's the right way. Or the wrong way for that matter. It's just the way I do it.
- You use a strike indicator?! You should learn to euro nymph.
- 1.5 times the water depth, more or less, depending on streamflow.
- Who the hell cares! Halford didn't nymph fish and neither do I.
- ✓ A far as you need to catch bottom. If you ain't losing flies, you're not catching fish.
Now I understand how much Hank, and you, regret losing an eighty-nine cent fly. But when the fishies are on nymphs, they're on the bottom. Get down. Get dirrrrty. Start with five BB split shot and add more as necessary. Use a larger
bobber indicator if necessary.
|What they're drinking when |
you've gone home.
- ✓ Pabst Blue Ribbon
- ✓ Macallan
You might have noticed that there are two correct answers here. That's because it's a reverse mullet answer; party in the front, business out back. When the sports, that's all of you, are around the guides are all "PBR". But when you're back at your cheap motel nursing your wounded psyches, they're drinking the good stuff. Scotch. Bourbon. Miller High Life.
- Vaguely describe the size and color
- Tell him the specific pattern and size
- ✓ Say, "Wooley Buggers and Pheasant Tails!", unless that's actually what they're hitting.
- Give him your best crazy stare muttering unintelligibly while returning to your fishing.
I don't often tell another person what I'm using, but when I do, I lie. That's right, you need to lie. All the fish are yours and you're a fool if you share hard won intel on how to get 'em. The most convincing and confounding lie is the one that, even if it sounds like a lie, may actually be true. That's the beauty of "Wooley Buggers and Pheasant Tails". Sure you said it like the surly wise-ass that you are, but maybe, just maybe, it's what you're catching them on. Best said while you're tying on a large dry fly.
|In order to fish for carp, you'll need |
carp flies. Carp Flies. Get it? Carp...
flying... oh forget it.
- Weight? What the hell does that mean?
- A five weight. There's nothing like the sound of big golden bones snapping graphite.
- ✓ Carp? Aren't those glorified gold fish? I can't believe people fish for them.
- An eight weight with a reel with a solid drag.. You need some backbone to land freshwater bones.
Clearly they're goldfish. Exotic, mutantly large, strong, wily goldfish, but goldfish nonetheless. Sure they rip line off the reel like a bonefish and they're available to practically anyone, anywhere. And folks in Europe actually consider them a game fish. But what's so special?
- Fishing with a glorified radio antenna from a 1972 Dodge Dart.
- A fly fishing technique from Japan practiced with a long telescoping rod and no reel. The word Tenkara means "from heaven"
- Practiced only by slightly odd people.
- ✓ Something we'll all eventually try so we might as well give in.
|Tenkara is Japanese for |
"Dodge Dart." Maybe
this can be the next Clyde
Like carp fishing, Tenkara is one of those fads that I absolutely want to resist but I feel the gravitational pull of.... something. I suppose it won't be too long before I'm losing those goofy looking Tenkara flies in stream side brush and whipping my Dodge Dart antenna about small streams everywhere. Tenkara Carp*, anyone?
- Give yourself one point for every correct answer
- Subtract ten points for every incorrect answer
- Add 100 points to the total if you consider yourself an expert.
- Less than zero points: Remedial action is clearly necessary. You should subscribe to this blog and follow my advice precisely.
- Zero or more points: Congratulations, you are an expert! As such you are approved to comment on this blog.
Enjoy your weekend, expert, you've earned it.
*Sorta sounds like something you'd find on the menu at a Japanese restaurant.