Looking down the barrel at my 75th YOA, I more often than I care to admit find myself drawn up short by my own arbitrary, petty-minded, lack of appreciation for new stuff.
This has been particularly noticeable lately in my reaction to the mix of handsomely tied offerings in the monthly show and tell here.
These new beaded nymphs that look to me like lacquered bowling pins blow my fuses. I assume they are a spinoff of the Euro-nymphing game and probably work very well. But for someone steeped in the traditional effort to actually match -- or even make a fly look somewhat like -- an edible natural...shear heresy. It sends me gibbering back to my Bill Blades Bible for comfort.
Such eruptions of old fartery are not consistent as I actually enjoy most new fly tying concepts,variants, and novel applications of old and new materials. But they are increasing in frequency as new trends proliferate.
Do I need a Tenkara rod or bamboo pole?
Bobber nymphing. Really?