There are two absolute truths for those who fly-fish.
The first is you can never have too much gear.
The second is fly-fishers sometimes speak using terms that are way too grandiloquent.
When I say way too much gear, I'm not speaking about stuffing your vest with spur-of-the-moment, counter-gadget purchases that you will never use.
I'm talking about gear that is actually usable. My newest gear purchase that fits the usable definition is the Monomaster.
Even though this really neat tool can be displayed at the checkout counter, it is a really cool and worthy addition to anyone's gear collection.
The Monomaster is a device that collects and stores your old leaders and tippets.
I'm sure you're thinking: "Why do I need something special to put my old, short, wind-knotted, monofilament in? What's wrong with just stuffing the stuff into one of the 500 pockets in my vest?"
The answer is really easy.
How many times have you put your old leader and tippet into one of your pockets, only to have it develop a mind of its own and slither out of the pocket, like a worm escaping from a Prince Albert worm can?
The Monomaster puts a stop to this. The Monomaster is simply a small plastic tube with a center-rolling device that grabs the leader and tippet when they are inserted into an opening on the side.
Once the leader and tippet are inserted, you turn the center-rolling device and wind the monofilament into the tube. When the tube is full, you open the top of the Monomaster, pull the leader and tippet off the center-rolling pin, put it in the trash can and begin the process all over again.
I am sure you're thinking this is some kind of Ronco commercial. Honest, it's not. I have one of these nifty gadgets clipped to my vest and find it to be a very usable and valuable addition to my stockpile of equipment.
The second truth deals with grandiloquent. As people who fly-fish, we sometimes talk about a piece of equipment in terms meant to confuse those who do not fly-fish.
The item in question is a Thingamabobber. Really, that's what it's called. And, I use it.
What is it? It is a strike indicator, which in fly-fishing terminology means a bobber. The Thingamabobber comes in different sizes and colors. It attaches to your line via a nonslip hole and is as sensitive as a balloon indicator.
When I find myself fly-fishing on the dark side (nymphs), I use them. My real point is, why do those who fly-fish continue to use a term meant to disguise what we are really doing? We are simply putting a sinking fly on the end of our line and need a bobber to indicate a strike. Certainly it is smaller than the old red and white bobbers we used when our dads took us fishing with a cane pole and worms. But strike indicators are doing the exact same thing the old red and white bobbers did.
I think we need to stop talking in highfalutin terms and start saying what we really mean.
Who knows what will happen when our vocabulary returns to more understandable terms. We might be tempted to round up a youngster, grab a cane pole, with a big red and white bobber attached to the line, a can of worms, and head out for the nearest pond.
When this happens maybe, just maybe, we'll begin to understand what fishing is really all about.
Reach Don Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org.