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Talking Re: Fishing Terminology

I've got some old American Angler magazines out and in the March/April 1996 issue there's some fly fishing terms as defined by the late great Bill Tapply. Here's a sample.

Backing.... A financial term that refers to what most anglers need if they intend to take a fly-fishing vacation in Alaska, Argentina, Christmas Island, or New Zealand. Because our fly-fishing roots are in Great Britain, we still use terms borrowed from the British monetary system to describe financial aid; e.g. 20-pound backing (which, of course, is too light for most trips)

Carp..... Typical communication mode of non-fishing spouses

Crappie.... How the fishing usually is when you're there, how it allegedly wasn't the week before you arrived, and how it won't be the week after you leave. This sort of fishing is generally a waste of "backing"

Cutthroat.... What tournament bass fishing is

Double Haul..... Two armloads of antique cane rods, English reels, full-dress salmon flies, and first-edition angling books purchased at a garage sale from an elderly widow happy to take a hundred bucks from someone willing to lug all that old junk away. A Single Haul, of course, is one arm load

Jig.... What's up when you stagger home with an empty creel after a long day you claim was devoted to fishing, and your spouse smells the 100-proof Old Hipboot on your breathe

Nymph.... It's an immature form of an aquatic insect, for heaven sake. This is a family magazine

Wet Fly..... What you get when you wade too deep.

Yellow Perch.... A lemon colored barstool, always a prime vantage point from which to locate good fishing waters
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