August 14, 2003 By: Marshall Cutchin

As a survivor of the dot.com bust, I personally count it as unfortunate when we resort to non-descriptive acronyms to describe fishing aids. After all, they did nothing for overpaid programmers. But I admit I felt the same way when casual diners who never left dry land began wearing chartreuse and pink TarponWear to dinner in Key West.
So I’m not surprised that Stripping Baskets (STs?) have become VLMDs (Vertical Line Management Devices). I think I’ll just go back to stringing my KRAR (Kinetic Reserve And Release) device with some old EPFDS (Elongated Plastic Fly Delivery Sytem) and hit the beach with some FSOADs (Fish Sense-Obfuscating Attachment Devices).