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Old 02-09-2012, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim Casada View Post
.........A fair number of oldtimers of my acquaintance thought that nymphs were but one step removed (and a short one at that) from bait fishing.

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Very interesting Jim. Were these "oldtimers" what we now refer to as purists? The reason I ask is that when you talk to Walter Babb about the men who taught him to fish with a fly (and beyond that, the men who taught his dad to fly fish), he rarely talks about anyone using dry flies. Actually I believe he mentioned at troutfest last year that he never saw his dad using a dry fly.

Possibly just a culture difference between residents of Western North Carolina and Eastern TN? Or maybe just that the men Walter grew up around were more of subsistence fishermen rather than sportsmen.
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