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P
eople who fish for food, and sport be damned,
are called pot-fishermen.
The more expert ones are called crack pot-fishermen.
All other fisherman are called crackpot fishermen.
This is confusing.--- Ed Zern


August 17th, 1998
All About Entomology

By Ed Zern, excerpt from HOW TO CATCH FISHERMEN
Probaby out of print, check your used-booker sellers!


"While a reasonably good kowledge of aquatic insects is an important qualification of the master fly fisherma, this interest may be carried to extremes - as in the case of a man I used to meet on the Brodheads.

From carrying a few vials for collecting insect specimens while fishing, he had progressed to lugging about all sorts of collecting paraphernalia in a cumbersome canvas bag, and finally stopped carrying a rod at all, because it interfered with his bug hunting. When I last saw him he had the double distinction of knowing more about natural trout flies and catching fewer trout than any other fisherman in the world.

But there's no denying that every trout fisherman should have a thorough grounding in stream entomology, and that it often comes in handy. Thus, when a reader of The New York Times wrote to Ray Camp, the rod-and-and editor, reportng an outlandish green-and yellow underwater bug he had found in the Beaverkill while trying to retrieve a flask he had dropped into the river, Sparse Grey Hackle, the Wall Street Walton, was able promptly to identify as the nymphal stage of the common stomach butterfly.

Incidentally, I have a serious complaint about all automobiles designed since about 1934, when I was all ready much too old to be learning new tricks. Up to about that time cars were sensibly designed, with the radiator bared to the elements, and it was possible to drive a few miles alongside a trout stream and then get out and, by examining the bugs on the radiator, tell what flies were about. It was then a simple matter to match them from one's fly box. Since then the automobile designers have barricaded the radiator behind a mess of chromium grille work and slicked up the whole front end of the car to abominable that flies skid off instead of being properly squasked - with the result that in selecting the pattern of fly to fish with, I am obligated to rely on guesswork. And damn poor guesswork, too, I might add.)"

~ Ed Zern

Copyright 1951 by Ed Zern


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