When I started fly fishing gear was a must, so I thought. Every necessary gadget was a must, every fly I could fit into a fly box had to be there, there were sink tips, DT floating lines weight forward lines, and full sinking lines, and the list went on and on. While this amount of tackle might be necessary for the angler who seeks trout in rivers, rivers that require several stages of insects from nymph to spinner, fishing for ever so selective trout.
I soon chose to seek wild trout from small sometimes tiny creeks. Trout that are not selective as to what is presented to eat, but how it is presented. It is these trout that give me a greater reward, these four to ten inch fish, trophy's all.
One of the reasons I enjoy writing this blog is to tell of the pleasures of small stream fishing. To try to encourage others to seek small stream trout. And to show respect for these residents and the habitats they call home.
A simple downwing Hornberg. Three materials are all that's required. A fine rod and reel to present the fly. Just about all that's needed.
The Hornberg. It worked then, and still works today.
As simple a pasta dish can get. It works now as it did when I was a kid.