Thanks to Paul Sharman for contributing today’s excellent guest post poking a little fun at fly fishing phraseology!
Alternative Fly Fishing Dictionary
Fly Fishing, like all great sports/hobbies/obsessions, is littered with its own collection of words and phrases that have evolved to describe specific circumstances or a particular event or item. If you do not live in ‘our’ world and even if you do, it is not always totally obvious what some of this strange language might mean.
Therefore fishing friends, I give to you the Alternative Fly Fishing Dictionary featuring some different interpretations of some of our best known words and phrases…
Trout Bum – An unfortunate affliction that only seems to target guides who sit in a drift boat all day
Mending the fly line – A flat-fisher’s nightly ritual after casting around coral heads and mangroves all day
Scuds – What you get if you drink the wrong water in Mexico
Belly in the line – an impedance to casting often caused by lodge meals
Wide Gape – The fully extended positions of your upper and lower jaws after losing that 10lb bonefish/20lb steelhead/insert your own disaster
Arbor – That place where the boats are parked
FishPimp – The guide in the 70’s flares and floral shirt
Single-haul – A destination that is only one flight away
Double-haul – What do you think?
Deceiver – That guy who sold you his leaky waders as “nearly new”
Tippet – A small financial reward for services rendered
Weakfish – The runt of the litter
Gink – The sound made by a bead-head hitting your fly rod
Mosca – Fly fishing’s greatest prize
Pescador – What you must pass through to go fishing in Mexico
Crazy Charlie – What you get for turning up late when they allocate the guides
Bonefish – Any species that elicits a strong physical reaction from male fly anglers
Tarpon – See above – as in if an angler shouts “I’ve got a tarpon” you’d better hope he’s wearing loose fitting pants
Weight Forward – Typical mid-Western angler with a centre of balance issue
Spey – Self-castration by constant immersion in icy water
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