Image courtesy of Flickr member Sophie.
Sophie’s caption on this photo read:
“An orange stimulator I found on the floor – or actually, hooked onto my sock – the other day. We have a bad habit of sticking flies in our pockets or hooking them onto our jackets, thus their sudden reappearance in unexpected places. Friday, Nov 13.”
Ok, I’m intrigued. I have absolutely no idea what an orange stimulator is, but I think I know enough that it’s referring to the fancy fishhook sitting atop of the Rhodia pad. Going one step further, I’m going to assume that it’s used for fly fishing- a sport I know absolutely nothing about. I don’t even know what kind of fish are um… fished for when using a fly. All I know about it I probably learned from that movie with Brad Pitt when he had long hair… and truthfully, I was too busy watching Brad to learn anything about fly fishing. Oh – but wait a second… he didn’t have long hair in that movie – that was Legends of the Fall…. uh-oh I feel like I’m digging myself into a deeper and deeper hole here… so let’s get back to the topic at hand.
Googling “Orange Stimulator” I find “Designed to imitate a stonefly, hopper, or caddisfly, the Orange Stimulator has proven itself to work in a variety of dry fly fishing situations and demand a spot in every trout fishing fly box.”
Aha! It’s used for trout! But is trout the only fish that’s fished for via a fly? According to Wikipedia; “Fly fishing is a distinct and ancient angling method, most renowned as a method for catching trout and salmon, but employed today for a wide variety of species including pike, bass, panfish, grayling and carp, as well as marine species, such as redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish and striped bass.”
I’ll tell ya, I learn more & more every day. I’m no stranger to fishing – I practically grew up in the fishing department at K-Mart with my dad, (a seasoned bass fisherman) but my own fishing experiences have been limited to putting a worm on a hook and dropping it into the canal to fish for Sunnies.
Have you ever tried fly fishing?