Reviving the Art of the Wet Fly

It wasn’t so long ago that ‘going fly fishing’ meant learning to drift and swim a wet fly in front of the nose of hungry trout. John McCoy tells the story of how classic fly devotee Don Bastian helped create a resurgence of interest in the late 1990s. “Call it Newton’s Third Law of Nostalgia: ‘For every innovation, there’s an equal and opposite retro movement.’ In ever-increasing numbers, modern fly fishermen are learning the merits of tying and fishing the very same flies their grandfathers might have used.” In the Charleston, West Virginia Sunday Gazette-Mail.

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