Lighter Side
June 1st, 1998
[Publisher's Note: This is the very first "Lighterside" article published on Fly Anglers OnLine, shown just as it was in 1998, it's author, Al Campbell is still writing for FAOL.]

You Might Be A Fly Fisherman, If

by Al Campbell

Have you reached a summit in the sport of fly fishing? Are you qualified to call yourself a "fly fisherman"? If you're not sure, I've developed a simple test you can take to find out if you qualify for this title. Take a moment to complete this short test. You might be surprised by the results.

  • If your buddy tells you your fly is open and you have to ask if there is another way to attach the wings, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If the map is describing an off ramp to the freeway, and the only loop you're familiar with is in your back cast, you just might be a fly fisherman.

  • If the only indicators you know how to use have the word "strike" in front of them, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • When your friend who's been taking flying lessons mentioned he finally got his wings, if you asked if he tied them upright or swept, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If the only royalty you read about has the word "Wulff" attached to it, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • When your geometry teacher asked if anyone could describe a triangle, if you spent the next fifteen minutes describing a fly line taper, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • During a recent job interview when the potential employer asked if you had any bad vices, if you told him you gave that vise to your son and purchased a new rotary one that really holds a hook, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If your definition of a downrigger is a bead on the head of a nymph to get it down fast, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If the only Latin you're familiar with has something to do with the names of bugs, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • You just might be a fly fisherman if your favorite winter jacket has lots of pockets and a fly patch.

  • During a recent history exam, when the question read "What is the historical significance of Siberia?" If you answer was "big fish that haven't seen a fly before," you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If your idea of a cultural exchange is a fly swap, you just might be a fly fisherman.

  • If your favorite shirt has a rod holder tab, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • If your vacation pictures have more fish, water and bugs in them than people, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • When your wife was cooking a turkey and sent you to the store for some sage for the dressing, if you returned with a Sage fly rod, you might be a fly fisherman.

  • You might be a fly fisherman if your favorite boat has the word "drift" in its description.

    On the other hand, if you're spending your time reading this, you just might be a fly fisherman.

    ~Al Campbell


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