Streamers, a "Dreadful Scourge"

This week on MidCurrent Paul Schullery looks at the strange history of streamer flies and their authorship in “A Dreadful Scourge.” If anything, it seems, streamer patterns have excited what Thomas McGuane calls the “self-aggrandizing ardor” of fly fishers to take credit for various patterns, something only a good history can sort out.

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  • And of course, as you probably know, the naming of saltwater patterns is especially ripe with guys who think they invented the wheel. Don’t cross one of those guys that think they invented some pattern. I did it before I knew better and the guy has never let me forget it.