Saturday, August 20 2016 @ 11:07 AM EDT
Contributed by: Bill Thompson
by Bill Thompson
All most every day someone will walk in the shop and say: “Oh…. you just sell flies”? To which I reply: “Yes we are a fly shop”. The most common response is that they only fish for Bass and only use spinning gear. They always look a little surprised when I tell them that I too fish for Bass and I use a fly rod. I usually go on to say that people were fishing for Bass with fly rods long before the spinning reel was invented and that bass plugs are plastic imitations of spun deer hair Bass bugs. As proof the famous lure maker James Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan made and sold excellent bamboo fly rods and sold deer hair bugs before he began making his famous wooden lures. When bait casting reels came along tackle manufactures like Heddon began to experiment with hand carved wooden lures made in the image of the old flies used by fly rodders. Today you can walk into a Bass Pro store and purchase a Heddon Meadow Mouse that bears a strong resemblance to the deer hair and foam mouse patterns I carry in my shop.