Making Fishing Flies
No doubt there is a whole lot of nonsense written and talked regarding fly-making and many anglers think the extreme care and careful selection of colors entirely unnecessary. Some think that the size and shape count for everything and others that it is all in the color. Some others say that neither is particular and that all that is needed is a small bunch of feathers or other material on the hook, just so the colors be bright or somber as the day and condition of light requires. And to prove that they are right they will tie a piece of feather and a bit of worsted on a hook and catch fish apparently as well as the most scientific angler. It probably depends much on the water, whether it is fished much, etc. In my opinion a fish, if hungry, seldom waits to see the color and form; if he did he would seldom rise to a fly for he would see the hook and leader also, and would notice that it did not appear very lifelike.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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