Trout Flies:  Discrete Features vs. Perfect Realism

Guest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller and OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller

Figure 1: Two Midges
Figure 1: Two Midges

This post is more of a theory—a postulate—than it is a claim of pure fact. I’ll get right to the point: I’ve come to believe that the most important element of a trout fly is not its overall realism but its presentation of a “trigger feature” or two. This is in line with a couple of other articles posted here over the past year, and is also at odds with some widely held misconceptions. Let me explain why I think this:

Your eyes catch a glimpse of something in a chair at a Parisian outdoor café. It’s leaning against the chair’s back rest, a steaming cup of cafe on the table before it. A hat (a beret, naturally) rests on top, fashionably cocked to one side. What is it you see?

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