“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” Garrison Keillor
Oh, I hope I was really listening. Not that distracted listening, lost in other thoughts, half listening. But, really listening.
“Sly Fishing” I like that. I didn’t ‘coin’ the phrase, but it works for today’s post. There are many competing concepts in fishing and fly fishing in particular: matching the hatch, proper gear, the appropriate realistic fly pattern, timing, weather, lighting, location, reading the water and finally presentation, which in some ways combines much of the above considerations.
Sometimes the above images are insulting, challenging to fly fishers and tiers. Such simplicity flies in the face of the necessarily complex make up of fly fishing. I suppose, at times, there are required, exacting patterns that must be used on well bred, snobby, elitist fish. But, come on now, you know it is true….often simple patterns, sparse patterns are quite effective. It is the presentation and location of the offering that are often more important than some exacting pattern.
I like to tie overdressed concoctions as much as the next tier. But, I annually come back around to the reality that all that material on that hook may not be necessary. At a minimum, tie some minimums. Sparse patterns that are suggestive, have movement, but are a fraction in quantity of materials and focus on presentation/location. It doesn’t lessen the sport to experiment and possess a few minimalist patterns for the less refined fish.
Read this fine piece by Tim Rolston (The Fishing Gene) entitled “The C Word” re patterns and confidence.
I seem to have been churning out some grim, heavy visuals of late. So to help break that cycle until I can escape to the outdoors with rod and/or camera in hand…I bring up Penny the Cat. Do you remember the movie, The Three Faces of Eve? The story of the woman with three distinct personalities, it brought to the forefront the multiple personality disorder. Well, I am here to say the obvious…cats suffer from Multiple Personality Disorders as much as women….no, no, I meant Eve.
This is common knowledge for many/most cat lovers. But, watching a “personality disorder” in a cat around passive dogs is a thing to behold; something worthy of scientific study. The mood swings, the personality changes turning on a dime. Sleepy, Passive, Hyper Vigilant, Kill Instinct, Loving all flow freely from one face to another.
“Reality is easy. It’s Deception that’s the hard work.” Lauryn Hill
“Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from the desires that make us puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh” Aurelius
“We spend much of our lives going about completely blind to reality, and yet we still have the gall to act victimized when it invariably catches up to us.” Nenia Campbell
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Albert Einstein
Two cats and two dogs awaken me each and every morning without fail. The youngest, a Calico, is so aggressive, I finally give in to the paw tapping on my cheek, nose or ears. Today, we came across a rescue opportunity and had to weigh carefully whether we wanted to introduce yet another rescue into the mix. We passed on this one.