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"Die With Your Fly"

March 6, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

Yesterday the Seattle Times republished a column by trout bum Randall Sumner on artistic ownership of fly patterns. We caught it when it first appeared last January, but it’s worth rereading, especially if you are a minimalist when it comes to tying. “When you’re a little kid, do you dream of a fly with your name; like a bridge or an opera? What if Pablo Picasso had been born in Montana to a fly-fishing clan? He could have left us with the Picasso midge, instead of a world visually enriched beyond imagination.”