Here’s Mud in Your Eye

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

This might seem an odd introduction to a fly tying blog, but trust me there’s a connection, albeit fanciful. Which of the following would you chose as the answer to this question?

What is the meaning of “Here’s mud in your eye!

1. It’s is a congratulatory drinking toast, similar to “bottoms up!

2. A phrase a jockey might use to encourage other riders to come in second or worse (the first horse kicks up mud, but doesn’t get any in their face.)

3. The story of a biblical miracle where Jesus cured a blind man by placing mud in his eyes.

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Lost and Found

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana
phonelineAdmittedly, I spend a lot of time on rivers in Montana between March and November. With all that time on water, one is bound to find stuff that someone else lost. Flies, lengths of leader and indicators are the usual finds. That tandem nymph setup with two split shot and a yarn indicator high up in the stream-side brush is typical evidence of an errant cast from a passing drift boat. There aren’t many of them where I fish in Montana, but I always marvel at the collection of leaders, weights, lures, bobbers and hooks that can accumulate on a telephone line running above the stream at a bridge pool. I can imagine the “expletive deleted” moans each time another rig ended up on the line. There’s also the annoying snag in the middle of the river that when you finally sort it out, your fly has tangled itself in another abandoned terminal rig seemingly destined to snarl as much monofilament as possible. Those are the usual annoyances, but there are a lot of other things that get lost along the rivers I’ve fished.

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A Wise Man Once Quipped

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Wise and successful men (and of course women) often have much to say. Often the rhetoric seems endless, pointless and for the most part ignorable. Occasionally the wise, successful and experienced man shares their experience, passions and timeless insights with the masses. Such was the case with this gentleman. A man who grew up in Iowa and Oregon, learning how to fish and making it a life-long passion. A man who became a prominent mining engineer who made significant contributions to global mining industries in the early 20th century. Throughout his life he fished for both trout and saltwater species, and as he entered his last few years on this earth, this man saw fit to tell us the essence of fishing in his own words. After years of public service and retirement, this man was convinced by an associate to tell us about fishing. In his own words, he had this to say (among other things) about fishing.

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