kickingback wrote:Got to get it! Thanks for sharing!
The book is full of interesting people that pushed boundaries and often went against conventional wisdom. James Ogden was one such character. He gets a lot of credit for developing or at least improving the dry fly. In one spectacular mid 19th century show down, a sort of horse versus the locomotive moment for fly fishing, Ogden was challenged by a local group of anglers on a chalk stream in England that he couldn't catch a trout on any fly. let alone a dry fly, during the major hatch of mayflies that was occurring. It was considered impossible to use an artificial fly to catch a fish when the natural bait was super abundant. He picked out a rising trout, made his cast upstream, and immediately got the take as the fly hit the water. He did this several more times in quick succession to the astonishment of the audience of naysayers. One commentator said that he feared for every trout in the river and only when Ogden fell in the chilly waters did the slaughter end.
That was the beginning of the end of the use of natural bait in the trout streams of England.