what's a medium size fly?

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  • #5149

    Creek
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    Good job.

    #5197

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    There is a saying that we “surfers” use (well some of us anyway) in how you measure the size of a wave: “Waves are measured in increments of fear.” This is based mostly on the fact that the perception of a wave’s height is often influenced by the ability level of the surfer. So a “big” wave to a beginner is not necessarily “big” to the advanced surfer. It all comes down to their perception and ability to cope with the power of the ocean. And even a “small” wave can toss you around like a rag doll if you don’t have the ability to avoid it. So if put in that situation, the wave doesn’t feel so small!

    Likewise… As I have aged and my eyesight has gone along with it, the definition of a small fly (and hence a medium or large fly) have also evolved to match my eyesight. And given the variety of hooks (2x, 3x, etc) even stating a hook size could be misleading. So (part in jest mind you) I’ll say a “small” fly is one I likely can’t see once cast, a “medium” fly is one I can see with some effort and concentration, and a “large” fly is easily seen. Let your own eyes be the judge. But even here… a “small” hook size with day-glow colors, or a highly visible parachute, may “feel” bigger to me than a “medium” size tied with drab or difficult to see coloration. So…

    I will however echo the sentiments of others here and say that 18s and smaller feel pretty small to me. And I think a 10 is getting pretty darn good sized. So, if we are talking about standard dry fly hooks sizes (like a Mustad R50-94840) then I would say size 12, 14, and 16 are the “mediums”. (Though my eyes would likely argue that 16s are small… And given the right fly… 12s can be pretty “big”.)

    ~ DFG

    #5206

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    Ahh, but DFG, eyesight is different for all of us. Just because I have to wear glasses, an elephant is still a big animal, and an ant is still small. It shouldn’t matter what the size actually is whether or not I can see it. A size 10 is a size 10 and 20 is a 20. The sizes of hooks stay the same as our eyes change with age. We can’t change that.

    But as I age, I get what you are saying, LMBO!!!

    Great analogy of the waves, I liked it’s meaning.

    #5209

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    Ahh, but Scotty, are there big ants, and/or small elephants?

    😉

    ~ DFG

    #5211

    Creek
    Participant

    Are we fishing for elephants now? Not sure palming my reel will work?

    #5213

    JoeFriday
    Participant

    As interesting and amusing as DFG’s comments are, I personally would say that the size of the fly is more relative to the trout’s point of view than ours. And while there are big trout (I’ve seen photos of them, so I’m pretty sure they exist) and fingerlings, they all seem to view flies about the same.

    Oddly enough, in my experience, the little guys seem much more eager to hit big flies than their older brethren even tho they can barely fit a #14 in their mouths. It seems that with age comes caution about those big happy meals floating by.

    Brett

    #5214

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    You guys kill me. Yes, there are big and small ants and elephants. You got me there DFG.

    Creek, get a bigger reel with a powerful smooth drag.

    And Brett, yes, I have seen photos of big fish as well. I think they were on the same web site as UFO’s and Bigfoot. But as like the UFO’s & bigfoot, the photos were blurry.
    Did you know Bigfoot has blurry photos of Chuck Norris? Saw that on a calendar, so it must be true.

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