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    Default Fishing Terminology

    My girlfriend, her friends, and I were sitting around and chatting. Some of her friends fish. Some don't. Throughout the conversation, we would use fishing terms that they would not understand.

    So I'm starting a thread with some fishing terms. Feel free to add. If the term is a local one, feel free to add that too. It could be helpful for those getting into the sport.

    I'll start with four terms.

    Walter - A large fish. It was the nickname that Henry Fonda's character, Norman, in On Golden Pond called a large trout that he was trying to catch on his homewaters.

    Homie - A large wild fish. I learned this term from one of my guide buddies. The local river we fish is full of wild trout.

    LDR - Long distance release. The fish releases itself a long distance away from the angler.

    PMD - Pale Morning Dun mayfly.

    MP

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    Default Ard's list of terms;

    Funny thing MP, I already was working on a list;

    Skunked >>> means you caught no fish

    Flogging >>> is what a bad caster does

    Chuck & Duck >>> Casting style of one who uses weight on a fly rod

    Coho >>> Pacific Silver Salmon

    Red >>> Sockeye Salmon

    Chinook >>> The King Salmon

    Jacks >>> These are immature salmon (small) who enter the rivers with the mature run of fish

    Rig >>> The line tip, leader, and fly that you fish

    Poop >>> What you say when you get snagged in water too deep for you to go after it.

    Jet Sled >>> This is usually a tunnel hulled river boat with an outboard jet motor

    Beads >>> Plastic salmon eggs that people put on a line and fish on a fly rod; see flosser below

    Indy Rig >>> A polite way to say 'Fishing with a bobber' as children would do

    Back Troll >>> Allowing flies to hang in current down stream of a drift boat, (boat is held back by oarsman)

    Flosser >>> A person who uses long leaders and small flies to snag salmon or steelhead in the mouth [Note] this takes talent but is not legit

    Herl >>> An individual fiber taken from a large feather such as peacock or ostrich

    The crack of noon >>> Getting a late start on the day

    Subordinate fish >>> Fish who are lower in the order of a pool or run, generally smaller than the dominate fish.

    Blind eye hook >>> A salmon hook forged with no eye. These are finished using a loop of dacron or gut as an eye.

    Butt >>> Herl, or other material tied in just ahead of tag & tip on a fly, also: end of rod; (or) a person who crowds you while fishing

    Tag >> A few turns of tinsel tied above the barb or point of a hook

    Tip >>> Usually a colorful floss that is tied aft of the tag

    Beard >>> Any material tied in short over the throat of a streamer or wet fly

    Throat >>> Material tied beneath the hook shank @ the front extending back 2/3 s the distance to the hook point (wets & streamers)

    Priest >>> An implement used to bash a salmon on the head to kill it.

    Pounding them up >>> The act of repeatedly presenting a dry fly when no feeding activity is evident

    Honey Hole >>> This is the place you head to that always produces some fish, usually kept as secret
    Last edited by Ard; 09-21-2010 at 02:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Fishing Terminology

    I like it!

    Big Ugly>>>Rubberlegs nymph fly

    Toon>>>Pontoon Boat with some clown paddling away...

    Trico>>>too dang small in anyone's book

    Flav>>>Big dang mayfly

    Thingamabobber>>>Huh?

    WFF5WT>>>Fly line that sinks more than it floats

    PT>>>Pheasant-tail nymph, or, the name of your pontoon

    Parachute>>>Keeps my fly afloat

    Parasol>>>Helps my tired eyes

    Terminal Tackle>>>What my rig looks like at the end of the day after that 'last cast' into the wind

    Nymph rig>>>oooh, you guys have dirty minds...

    A Big 'Un>>>anything over 10-inches

    A Beast>>>Anything that becomes an LDR

    Rippin Lips>>>What happens when I try to wet a fly by putting it in my mouth

    First Blood>>>Trying to tie on that size 22

    Fishing Buddy>>>Means I'm driving that day

    FTBMR>>>Drove at least one hour and Forgot To Bring My Rod

    FTBMF>>>Drove back to get my rod and then back to my destination and discovered I Forgot To Bring My Flies

    EMR>>>Early Morning Rise, something I plan on doing to go fishing, yet I always leave it to the fish I miss out on by sleeping in

    Kelly.
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Default Re: Fishing Terminology

    wooow
    Just the thread i really need...some stuff that i cant find in dictionary
    just keep them coming and thaks guys

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    nail knot creek>>> anyplace you don't want to tell the real name of.

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    BODACIOUS......very cool....LOL

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    Default Re: Fishing Terminology

    double haul>> two much gear to carry down to the water in one trip university pool>> home of overeducated fish... harvard, yale, stanford, etc...

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    Default Re: Fishing Terminology

    Drag--When your fly is being pulled along by opposing currents
    Cutbow--a rainbow/cutthrout hybrid
    Flouro--Fluorocarbon tippet material
    Birdsnest--When your line gets all tangled
    Meat Hole--A spot on the river where the fish are stacked up
    Bucktail--Streamer pattern tied with deers tail hair
    Dead Drift--Your fly moving along the water at the same speed as other objects.
    Chromer--A bright, fresh fish
    Mysis--silvery freshwater shrimp

    Larry

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    bankee>>shorebound bait fisherman

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    Default Re: Fishing Terminology

    Here's a few from salt water:

    Fat Albert = False Albacore

    Bonehead = male mahi mahi, (also called dorado and dolphin fish). The males have a blunt, bony forehead

    BFT, YFT = Blue Fin Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna

    Push = Something to look for on the flats, it's the compression wave ahead of a fish or a school of fish as it swims through shallow water

    Blitz = baitfish trapped against the surface by bigger fish, the water looks like it's boiling

    Huffnagle, Bimini Twist, Haywire Twist, Slim Beauty = names of knots
    Mark

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