26 May 2007

Gone Fishin'

To some of you, that big rectangular blue thing probably looks like a simple blue yoga map laid on a hardwood floor. But to hardcore (read: desperate) anglers, it's a gin-clear mountain stream holding some of the most challenging and beautiful sportfish ever discovered....

The wading is easy, and the water is lovely. However, some of these fish don't take a fly, not even the innovative new MagnaFly pattern we're using today -- which you can see Trinhity tying on in this picture:

And true, some fish appear to be made of construction paper and have a paperclip where their mouths should be; we prefer to think of them as tagged anadronomous salmonids heading upstream.


Here's the technical low-down for the gear heads:
  • Rod: that's the finest figured white split-pine available on the open market, and it's hand-wrapped with a 0.153mm coating of sticky rubber for extra grippiness in extreme conditions.
  • Action: considered "uber-fast" with an exceptionally responsive tip.
  • Reel: a real classic, that's an antique dual-action click-pawl Union Hardware with an extra-loud clicker evidently targeted for the hearing-impaired market.
  • Line: 22" of size single-ought chartreuse Glo-Bug yarn.
  • Knot: that's a double-overhand nurse's knot (similar to a surgeon's, except it requires only half the education) connecting the line to the rod.
  • Terminal Hardware: the famous sure-to-catch-'em MagnaFly!


No doubt some of you are interested in the recipe for this remarkable new pattern, the MagnaFly (aka the MagneticFly):
  • Hook: size 2/0, barbless
  • Thread: chartreuse Glo-Bug yarn, UTC 1100
  • Tail: chartreuse Glo-Bug yarn, pulled through using the patented "grab and yank" technique
  • Body: two pieces of patented MagnaWing, folded and adhered
  • Ribbing: one piece industrial strength double-sided carpet tape (internal)
  • Thorax: two pieces of patented MagnaWing, tapered slightly, folded and adhered
  • Hackle: flared chartreuse Glo-Bug yarn
  • Head: teased chartreuse Glo-Bug yarn


I can guess what the purists among you are thinking:
  • "The length-to-weight proportions of the rod appear to be less than optimal, and the reel is obviously over-sized for the rod."
  • "Pine isn't exactly known for its smooth action. That bloody thing probably casts just like a wooden dowel!"
  • "Do you have any idea how many Glo-Bugs could've been tied out of that line? What a waste."
  • "This MagnaFly thing...isn't it just another knock-off of the classic Ferris-Ribbed Lodestone's Ear?"
  • "Even though the line isn't actually attached to the reel, haven't you heard of large arbors and disc drag systems? The click-pawl is just, like, so done."
  • What they're really saying is, "Shouldn't that be a fine Ross Reel instead of an ancient Pflueger knock-off?"
To those fair objections, I maintain that true anglers always imbue their art with a wisp of wit and mysticism. Furthermore, since many already think us prone to outright fabrication, what's wrong with a bit of imagination?

Besides, when's the last time you managed 35 minutes of highly rewarding non-stop fishing in your own livingroom?

1 comment:

Suzy said...

This is masterful fishing. I am very impressed!