"Tradition" For Inventors

There were plenty of fly fishers who were outraged by the arrival of spinning gear on trout streams in the middle of the twentieth century. Spinning gear made it possible for unskilled anglers to catch fish — lots of them. So the irony of Skip Halterman’s Original Spinfly Fishing Line, which was created to enable anglers to throw a fly with a spinning rod, is pretty apparent. But Brian Hendricks says they really work: “It was impervious to the wind, and it allowed me to throw effortlessly every size fly I had in my two boxes. It curls and unfurls just like a real fly line, too.” In the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Halterman, by the way, was also the person who patented the twist-on strike indicators long marketed by Orvis. Which perhaps reminds us that real inventors won’t ever be bound by the rules.

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  • well where would we b if mauser just kept making single shot rifles? if garand just kept making bolt actions? what if colt stuck to tradition? or browning?
    inventors by definition are iconoclastic.
    don’t know many of us these days who fish with cat gut leaders, level silk fly lines, and free-spooling wooden reels. guess it’s about time to re-wax those canvas waders! or how about tossing those polarized sunglasses and going au natural?
    of course not. thank heaven for iconoclasts and traditionalists! it is the balance between the 2 that make the sporting tradition so great.

  • Jerryw653

    It is very easy to cast a fly with a spinning rod by simply cutting a short(6 or so feet)section of level(or DT turned backwards,or WF )fly line and nail knot to  monofilament on underspin or spinning reel