I was sharing an article that I had submitted to FAOL with Bob Widmaier.
Bob had asked me a question on a fly pattern for a fly swap. His
response to my E-mail gave me some food for thought. I asked
Bobs permission to share his letter with others as a "Tying Tip"
article. ~ Parnelli
"Great article and food for thought. It brings to mind
one I had when reading a recent inquiry on the Bulletin
Board at FAOL. A novice fly tyer wrote that he had tied
some "bad looking flies," but they seem to catch fish.
I got to thinking, what constitutes a "bad fly?" I decided
a "bad fly" is one that failed to do two things.
First, the material tied to the hook comes apart
easily on casting or on the first strike. I have purchased
some of these "bad flies" in my day and find them very
So by deduction, a "good fly" is simply one that stays
tied and catches fish.
The second thing a "bad fly" does, is fail to catch
fish. I have seen, used and tied some "good looking flies"
that fall into this category.
This leaves an infinite number of variations of materials,
designs and patterns for tying "good flies;" thanks to the
nature of our prey, the fish."
~ Bob Widmaier
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