This attached piece by David Cammiss @ LearnFlyTying has quite a few lessons within re the fly fishing culture: mentoring, fly design, peer pressure, culture pressure, upgrading gear, personal adaptation and success. In this one short article, there are several realities within the sport. I particularly like ‘the local taking pity’ part. Long ago, I had several episodes, streamside, where gentlemen, in their senior years, imparted subtle, significant information to me that increased my success and enjoyment for years to come. I, to this day, derive great satisfaction in passing on that tradition.

“After trying to match their casting distance with my 10ft. Hardy Palakona split cane rod and a badly cracked level fly line I was absolutely shattered and demoralised. The following day I tried again and initially had no success. One of the locals took pity on me and asked to have a look at my tackle and flies. He had a look in my fly box and picked out a size 10 Teal and Red wet fly. He took out his scissors and cut off the teal wing. He handed me my mutilated fly and told me to give it a try on the point.” Intro to Buzzers