(Now that I think of it he may have been casting aspersions on my simple and ugly fly--something he's not above.)
Me?! Aspersions?! Louis knows full well I have trouble enough casting dry flies, let alone SAT words. He should be ashamed at the, umm, aspersion.
This has been one of the better discussions we've had in awhile, coinciding almost exactly with Gonzo's return. Hmm...
I have my own opinions about these matters, but they're based on so little actual fact that I'll spare the rest of you my musings. Now if only I could get those voices out of my own
I will say that I fished Louis's Worm (a Walt's Worm about four times the size of any worm Walt ever fished, otherwise known as the Tan Dog Chow Deluxe) the other day for a few hours during the baetis activity and only managed to foul-hook one fish with it, dead in the eyeball. Next time I plan on making the worm bigger, with more weight and on a treble hook, to improve my odds.
Finally, this year I've started doing something I've rarely done before, and I hope I have the discipline to make it a ritual. Before fishing, I'll take my seine and hold it in the water without kicking around any stones. I've been amazed at how many insects I've captured that way, including both nymphs and duns. That way I not only get a feel for what is inhabiting the stream but what is actually drifting down the stream
(I use italics not for emphasis but to show that I'm cool and know how to do it). This has helped me identify hatches the moment I get to the stream and helps me match the colors and sizes (of the nymphs, in particular) better than I'd be able to do by waving my arms at passing duns.
Last time out I also hooked a piece of bark at one point, and it literally had hundreds of baetis nymphs clinging to it. Some had black wingcases, some not, and there were a variety of different colors represented from tan to dark brown to olive - it was pretty cool to compare them.
P.S. As a totally unrelated aside, my 4-year-old came home from pre-school yesterday and told me that a firefly has "six legs, a head, a thorax, and an abdomen." When asked what that meant a firefly was, he replied, "a bug."