07/25/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7. .  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
8.    Inch Worms
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Ants
11.  Beetles

Interesting Fly Fishing Funny Business - Part 2
Yesterday, i wrote about Simms' change of heart about the spread of Didymo. It now
seems they are saying they are going to make whatever their customers want (felt
sole boots) with complete disregard to the spread of non-native invasive microscopic
algae commonly called rock snot. It seems their bank accounts are telling them to sell
what the market wants irrespective of whether or not it destroys all the trout habitat in
the World.
Or could it just be that they are admitting that all the distorted and highly
questionable information they put out about how rubber sole boots is the solution to
the Didymo problem was mostly just a marketing effort to sell everyone new rubber
sole boots? Either way they want to present it, they should be embarrassed.

More interesting fly fishing funny business. I'm sure most fly tiers are aware of
this problem but it seems others that buy their flies aren't that familiar. It looks like Mr.
Tom Whiting isn't satisfied with selling most of his feathers for the new craze in hair
design to beauty salon and fashion distributors. He has come up with specific salon
products he hopes to sell through fly shops. In fact, it appears he has changed from a
fly fishing business to a hair salon supplier entirely.
This is just one of many ads that
feature his feathers.

Meantime, it also appears there's a huge shortage of feathers for the fly fishing
market, the same one he has participated in for years. Everyone has the right to do
business as the please and with whomever they please, but that also includes fly
fishing anglers.

You may have noticed that the price of Hareline, Whiting, Hebert, and Metz rooster
saddle patches have increased and there's good reason for it. There's also a good
reason many fly shops are out of them and other related feathers. I understand
supply and demand and how it can affect success, but when Whiting began to offering
fly shops packages for the ladies to buy,
I call that "rubbing it in". I guess the next
thing is all the mom and pop fly shops will have a beauty or fashion salon on one side
of the store and fly fishing gear on the other side or Fly Shop Salons. That may be
their last ditch survival effort. The fashion world dollars makes the fly fishing business
look like a single Didymo cell floating on the Pacific Ocean.

I also have an idea there may be more rooster farmers sprout up across the World
than home flower gardens, or at least I hope so. Even those people who make big
issues about animal cruelty will probably eventually get involved. I mean, think about
all those poor roosters and hens getting scalped.
Whiting animal cruelty could be
the next big headlines. Or it could be China and Japan's thriving Rooster Market.

Meantime, we will probably have a difficult time coming up with enough feathers to
keep our flies in stock. So far we haven't,
but I'm as scared as a generically bred
rooster we may well have a problem in the near future.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh