Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Tellico, Battling The Flu, & Thoughtful Gifts
The Tellico Nymph is quite possibly the most iconic fly of the southeast for trout. I have done a few posts on it in the past and it has been well documented by various other southern trout fishing sites but in case you haven't heard the story - here it is.
No -one is quite sure when it was created or by who but it was believed that it originated from the banks of the Tellico River in Eastern Tennessee. The going theory is that in a true to form Southerner style, local fisherman prior to the early 1900 morphed a classic wet fly imitation to suit their needs. Many believe that the bright yellow yarn or floss body was meant to simulate the giant yellow stone but the more likely scenario was that a local angler attempted to combine the wet fly with a type of food trout love but isn't viewed as a very sporting type of lure .... corn. I don't know if this story is true but if a corn chucker ever wanted a better imitation that could be casted with a fly rod then they would have to look no further than the Tellico. If you ever find yourself in the south then make sure this little guy is in your box.
The other day I came down with a bit of a flu bug and find myself confined to a couch without much energy to do anything. Consequently I have been doing a bit more sketching and reading up of fly fishing techniques. Thanks to a Christmas present from my wife in the form of a mini blender, I have also mastered the art of making the perfect vitamin C / antioxidant smoothy to help fight the bug. Its amazing how good old healthy food makes one feel. I believe the trick might be in grinding up the orange ( rind and all) with a load of blueberries, a banana, and some baby spinach. Nothing can cure a virus outright - I just got to let it run its course - but the vitamin rich drink just might shorten my down time.
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