Keep it simple
I WAS looking at my fly boxes and their contents and wondered why I need so many, and the simple truth is I don’t! It’s a case of 90 percent of flies are tied to catch fishermen and not fish. If people don’t believe me just count up the number of variations you can tie in beaded nymphs: 12 bead colours x 5 sizes x 5 hook sizes x 4 body colours ( just for argument’s sake) x 2 materials (pheasant tail and hare’s ear but there are more). This all amounts to 2,400 nymphs. That is only a small proportion of the possibilities for just nymphs. Then there are Spiders, dry flies, wet flies, Buzzers and lures to consider. The possible end result is we are drowning in an over indulgence of ideas – no wonder that newcomers are intimidated by the bewildering array of things to learn. Flies aside, they then have to wrestle with the many types of lines, leaders, rods and methods. So we end up spending too much time thinking about what we want to do rather than doing any fishing. We need to remember the acronym KISS: keep it simple stupid. I certainly need to get back to basics – two fly lines (floater and intermediate), two rods (9ft and 10ft) and just a dozen or so flies, so giving me less of a headache deciding what to use and more time enjoying myself. Ian Barrow, by email
Editor’ s reply: You’ re not the only one of course, see our feature from B orlando np 26 this issue.