Silver Horns

Silver Horns.
A 19th century wet fly caddis imitation, (here in sz. 12), wherein the teal flank tail represents the insects spotted antennae. Its praises have been sung by those that fished it. I need to step outside of my 20th century sensibilities now and again both at the vise and astream when confronted with a trout pattern such as this. It unites the attractor and imitative schools in one simple and attractive fly. Almost everything in contemporary trout fishing urges us to lay mystery aside and side with “science”. Aren’t we all tempted to oblige? It’s not the fishes attitude that concerns me; it’s my own.

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