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Bennett's Trout Fishing Alphabet

By admin - Posted on 01 April 2020

This week's instructional blog comes from beloved Telluride Angler guide Bennett Hrabovsky, who's self deprecating sense of humor contributes highly to his guiding and angling success.  In the spirit of the timeless Curtis Creek Manifesto, we present:

Bennett's Trout Fishing Alphabet

Angler: Person, usually missing a few screws, who partakes in the act of fishing. see “A Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle.” 

Bait: Usually a fly, but sometimes one can get desperate. 

Chubby: Sought after characteristic in a trout; also, check out the “Chubby Chernobyl Ant.”

Dead Drift: A perfect drift. “Bro, that was such a sick dead drift, I can’t believe a fish didn’t eat it.” A ‘sick’ drift is good, but of slightly lesser quality. 

Eggs: A trout's second favorite food, as well as a strong angler’s breakfast. Here’s a tip- hard boil a few and keep them in your waders pocket for either a quick snack on the river or a nice surprise the next time you go fishing! 

Farm: Farming a fish is the act of failing to set the hook. Also it is what takes place at a fish hatchery. Ironically, farming is the number one reason why novice anglers may tempt many fish to strike, yet struggle to catch a single one.

Griffith Gnat: A nimbly-bimbly fly consisting of a microscopic hook with some fluff on it. Provided you can tie it on, it will usually get that big guy to eat, immediately followed by farming him.

Honey-Hole: A specific location where lots of big trout live. Every guide has one that they covet, and no, they will not reveal its gps coordinates.     

Indicator: a ten dollar word for a five dollar bobber.

Jig: What you use to catch a squid. 

Knot: “A knot poorly tied need not be tied at all.” An essential skill for any angler, knot tying (and untying) also employs thousands of fishing guides in Colorado alone. 

Lie: The areas in a body of water where fish hang out. Also something that anglers tell frequently. 

Mend:  Mending your line is often used to achieve a ‘dead drift’ or a ‘sick drift.’

Neoprene: Material used to make the waders that you found in your grandpa's closet.

Overhead cast: also called shadow casting. Made famous in the film “River Runs Through It.” Basically you bring the rod tip behind your body, and then like a baseball bat, smack it forward on the water as hard as you can. 

Pole: A term used interchangeably with ‘Fly rod.’ “I brought my grandpa's waders, but if you have a pole for me that would be great.”

Quill Float: A bobber made from the quill of a peacock feather. Not used much these days. 

Riffle: A classic river feature- a quickened flow of water over smaller rocks, usually relatively shallow. Fish often feed here, and anglers often slip and fall here.  

Stocker: Don’t diss a stocked fish. They might not be huge, but they will usually eat anything, and provide a confidence boost to the forlorn angler.  

Toad: A big trout. Essentially the opposite of a stocker- a big, wild fish, that are exceptionally difficult to bring to net, let alone convince them to eat. Encounters with toads can either bring euphoria or depression and self doubt for days. 

Upwind: Client “I can’t cast into this wind!”  Guide: “Just keep trying!” See: Knot.

Voracious: When streamer fishing, a fish’s strike can often be described as such. This is also an accurate term to describe any fisherman driving to Don Gilberto’s Mexican restaurant after a long day on the Gunnison. 

Worm: A trout's favorite food.

X: Used to describe tippet size. A larger number means smaller tippet, which makes absolutely no sense at all.

Yell: What you do when fishing with friends so that everyone knows you caught a fish. See “Lie.”

Zinger: A retractable gadget used to hang other gadgets on ones vest, so that when not in use, they are still in the way. Gadgets are to anglers what badges of rank are to military officials.

[Guide Service] 






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