Prosek on "Flower Flies"

July 6, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Artist and author James Prosek is enticed to fish for toothy machaca on Costa Rica’s Rio Nino with an unusual proposition: they will use flies made to imitate nectar-rich flowers. “Gorinsky’s first imitations of the flowers, tied with various dyed materials on hooks, were failures. They became waterlogged quickly and sank, or they did not have a convincing-enough profile on the water to fool the fish. But after much experimentation, he found the perfect material to tie his flower flies — the bristles of cheap plastic dust brooms he bought from children on the street in San José, the nation’s capital.” In The New York Times.