Thursday, September 5, 2013

The "X" Factor

PATTERN & PRESENTATION
Gawdawful And Glorious
not sexy enough for sophistacates
THE ORIGINAL MADAM X - SEEN ONLY IN THE MAW OF GIANT TROUT
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.. Among the many iterations of flies in the arsenal of the neighbor kids is a group of flies that can trace their origin to the MADAM X.
.. Along with this Doug Swisher creation comes some baggage that is often ignored: the two "P's" of fly fishing.  These are simple and often ignored concepts: Pattern and Presentation. So, of course, the neighbors ignore presentation and concentrate on pattern. (we're going to lose some suds over this.)
.. Since most flies are designed to catch more fisher folks than fish, the neighborhood innovations are designed to do this. "Cool," "Sick," "Rad." "Awesome," are the adjectives. Gather 'round folks and check this out - zowieee!
.. The original fly is not delicate. It is not thin. It is not svelte. It is simple in tying techniques and materials. There is nothing here to cause amazement. The original consists of only a few common materials and can be rapidly tied. It can imitate anything that your imagination allows: caddis flies, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, stoneflies,  --  let the gray matter free.
.. Of course, shortly after it's introduction on the Bitterroot River, in the 1980's,  a host of 'acceptable' derivatives hit the scene, (feather merchants and fly tiers being what they are.) One of the most successful, (in terms of popularity, success, and sales,) was the TURK TARANTULA.
.. The kids around here are not interested in fame or fortune. They love their tying bench and the act of creation. They fiddle around with whatever is at hand. Some of the flies even catch fish. Below are some iterations that are on the rivers right now.
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SORT OF LIKE A TARANTULA  -  WITH OTHER STUFF

BLACK BODY WITH A PARACHUTE AND WHITE STUFF

NEED LEGS?  NEED FOAM?  NEED WHITE STUFF?  NEED RED?  --  GOT IT !!
.. We now have a handful of these monstrosities. We're flinging them into the sweet & pretty waters of the neighborhood. We hope that the fish don't recoil at the sight of them. They may even stick one.
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READ ABOUT:
==> Turk Tarantula,
==> Doug Swisher Stuff,
==> Skip Morris On The Madam X, (and variations.)
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WALLPAPER: Summer On The Neighborhood Madison River