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The Official Westfly Glossary--A through H
The Official Glossary is back, but in a more convenient one-file format.
I visited Westfly for years to check river levels, but until recently hadn't paid attention to other options on the page. I've never seen an on-line forum before and must admit some things seem pretty strange.
Even though I live here, I've never heard of many of the rivers Westfliers fish (i.e. the Mac, Yak, and Clack). The D, I believe, is the shortest river in the world and located in Lincoln City, but I've never seen anyone fishing it. And, the river that evidently has the best fishing, the Zipperlip, I can't find on any map of any Northwest state.
It seems everyone wants to fish with Rondi. He must be a great fisher, or maybe she is a really hot chick (perhaps one of those from that fishing calendar everyone keeps talking about). Either way, I want to meet him or her.
People here have weird names, part man and part insect or fish or animal. It brings to mind the Satyrs I read about in fantasy fiction books as a youth. I guess that might explain the nymphs too. But it gets more strange. Apparently Westfly is a place where:
You can see why I'm confused. Oh, well, I think I'm gonna like it here anyway. Now if I could just find a flame that would actually light this cigar. - Phil (Dorylf)
a.k.a. - the great unmasking, a trend during which many Westfly handles were altered to reflect the poster's actual name
Aggressive Rock - mysterious, bottom-dwelling creature responsible for phantom bumps and tugs while nymphing, often associated with dulling hooks and fly theft; prevalent hook-ups occur while deep nymphing, especially for steelhead; also Aggressive Limb
Aquarium Hole - any hole on a river with an elevated view of the fish below, usually found where the water is gin clear and the fish are impossible to land
Around the Bend - 1.) the place where the gear heads are usually found, 2.) the next hopeful place, 3.) where the best fishing is (related to the grass-is-always-greener philosophy)
BB - Bulletin Board, a reference to a forum
BFD - Big Freaking Deal, occasionally more profane
BFNG Hatch - Big Fat Naked Guy Hatch, the occasional free spirit found along the Metolius or McKenzie Rivers; usually unattractive, naked, middle aged hippies
BH - Beadhead
BHGRHE - Beadhead Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
BHPTSH - Beadhead Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle; good all around nymph along with NWHE
BHRLFBHE - Beadhead Rubber Legged Flashback Hare's Ear
BHRLKSN - Beadhead Rubber Legged Kaufmann Stonefly Nymph (See photo)
BHWB - Beadhead Woolly Bugger
BOHICA - Bend Over Here It Comes Again. A useful term for describing the Bonneville Power Administration and/or products of the Ford Motor Co.
BRB - Be right back
BS - Bull Sh*t, what fly fishermen do best, most often, and with little effort
BTW - By The Way
BWO - Blue Wing Olive, the insect that fish eat year 'round, but one that anglers never seem to be able to effectively imitate (See photo)
Biggun' - a "big" fish relative to the person using the word. Most keeper-sized steelhead or salmon qualify, as do most trout over 13", unless it's in a bigguns lake. The word can be, but is not necessarily, synonymous with "hawg"
Bikini Hatch - babes basking in the sun along river banks; one of the worst things about fishing in the summer...oh, the suffering!
Bluebacks - sea-run cutthroat, also "SRC"
Bobber Fishing - using a floaty thing on your leader; see "indicator"
Boo - 1.) a bamboo flyrod, 2.) an insatiable, all consuming obsession, 3.) one of most the important accouterments for the flyfishing purist, believed to magical powers, 4.) an avatar, also "Cane" or "Grass"
BOOT - 1.) a somewhat derogatory term for a bull trout given for their likeness to pulling in a boot off the river bottom when hooked, 2.) a dark steelhead with bull trout tendencies
Bottom Dragger (also Knuckle Dragger) - nymph fisherman who fishes heavy nymph rigs with the expectation of snagging on the bottom
Bow - Rainbow Trout, also "Redside", "Redband" and "Fat Freddie" (See photo)
Breathables - Gore-Tex Breathable Waders, fantastic new invention believed to be in the larval stage of development. Only plastic material known to man that spoils
Brits - British
Brookies - Eastern Brook Trout, a non-native fish found in Oregon; usually easy to catch due to their aggressive nature and microscopic brains. Less wary relative of the bull trout (See photo)
Bull - 1.) a bull trout; what a Brook trout would look like as a BALCO client, (See photo) 2.) a reference to Westfliers' talk around the rondi campfire
Bump - (1) steelhead fisherman's false hope. Sometimes the total excitement of a trip, causing them to exclaim gleefully, "I GOT A BUMP!", (2) to bring a thread to the top of the forum by simply posting the word, "bump". Sometimes this can be malicious if everyone just wants the thread to go away
Burning Pram - Washington's version of an Oregon Rondi, often involving drunken nakedness and daredevil stunts (See photo)
C&R - Catch & Release. 1.) involves bringing your quarry to hand then releasing it. It's really fun to do but difficult to explain to children or the attractive PETA member you're taking on a blind date, 2.) the flyfisherman's best friend when it comes to weaving a good fish tale, 3.) what you tell your spouse when trying to justify the amount of money spent on tackle, guided fishing trips and tying materials without tangible results
CO - Central Oregon
CP - Crane Prairie, also Crane, and CPR (Crane Prairie Reservoir)
CR - Crooked River
Cake - steelhead fishing
Cake Fly - steelhead pattern of unquestioned efficacy (See photo)
Cane - see "Boo"
Chic - Chickahominy Reservoir
Coffin Nails - cigarettes
Chromer - a steelhead fresh from the saltwater
Chuck'n'Duck - 1.) a fly used to catch Smallies while dabbling, 2.) term to describe casting with heavily weighted nymphs or streamers
Clack - Clackamas River
Coug'ed it - what the WA guys say when they LDR a fish
Crane - Crane Prairie Reservoir
Cruisers - carp that are not feeding; also "Baskers"
Custom Rod Owner - someone who's trying to catch their second steelhead
Cutt (s) - Cutthroat Throat, also Cutties - Westslope Cutthroat (See photo)
Dabble (or Dabbling) - sight fishing for Smallies using a Chuck'n'Duck
Dark Side - 1.) steelhead fishing, 2.) nymph fishing, 3.) nymph fishing with an indicator, 4.) nymph fishing with an indicator for steelhead
The D - Deschutes River, also "The Big D" (See photo)
Dip - 1.) to fall in the river, 2.) lip candy, tobacco snuff
Dog - a non-jumper. Also see "Boot"
EHC - Elk Hair Caddis
ESL - Egg-Sucking Leech
Eastside - the area east of Lake Washington, some even say east of West Seattle
Etiquette - 1.) the quasi accepted practice of taking possession of public water. Usually not an issue unless there are fish around, 2.) what we all demand of others while simultaneously ignoring in our own behavior, 3.) manners, politeness, as in "Use your manners, they're brand new"
FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition, as in when your dropper fly does a triple axel around your tool fly; often a less polite word is substituted for "fouled"
Fall Fish - fall run chinook salmon
Fat Freddie - feisty, muscular Lower Deschutes River redside trout. Term generally used in the presence of minor children when the fly fisher is so impressed with the preceding battle that when landing said fish, he says, "hey, look at that fat (Instant Edit: f*kin') freddie!"
First Water - the practice of staying ahead of the crowd so you can fish the water first. A common cause of Etiquette disputes. See "Pinhead."
F.I.D.O. - F*** It, Drive On; something said when driving along a river and you notice that your "secret" spot is shoulder-to-shoulder gear plunkers
Flaming - something that happens on BBs other than Westfly's.
Flossing - after brushing activity or the act of running your leader through a fish's mouth till hooked up. Often thought to be a useful tactic for chum salmon - or at least that's what they call it instead of snagging
Football - a Deschutes redside, also "Fat Freddie" (See photo)
Frank - a "super angler" known for his prowess with lures and meticulous keeping of fishing statistics... but is he real? We may never know; inventor of the TPH scale
Frog Water - what you have to row through for trout and steelhead fishing. Where you stop to fish for smallmouth
GRHE - Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear
Garden Hackle - worm-tipped fly
Gearhead - fly fisherman in the larval stage; those who are not pure; untouchables
Glass - a fiberglass rod, heavy, slow and generally useless, unless you're in a totally retro mood
Golden Bonefish - carp
Grass - see "Boo"
HESH - Hare's Ear Soft Hackle, an acceptable steelhead fly
Heretic - a nymph fisher who uses an indicator, often unrepentant
Hookup - meeting up with another Westflier on a river either as planned or by accident
Hot Fish - 1.) a hard fighting fish that jumps a lot, 2.) a fish fresh from the saltwater.
Indicator - the fly fishing equivalent of a bobber, usually smaller in diameter, but no less offensive to the more frail fly anglers; an antipurist device
Just Around the Bend - where you tell everyone you caught your last steelhead so they'll leave YOUR WATER alone
KL - Klamath Lake
Kick Some Fin - what you say you're gonna do on the drive to the river in the morning (i.e. since fish don't have asses)
The King of Mile post 19 - Washington Westflier Scott Butner (See Photo)
LMB - Large Mouth Bass (See Photo)
LOL - Laughing Out Loud; also LMAO and ROFLMAO and they stand for "Laughing My A$$ Off" and "Rolling On Floor Laughing My A$$ Off", respectively
Leech - Formerly: an in-law or friend who only shows up at inopportune times, often for the purpose of "borrowing" money. Current: an inferior flyfishing method involving an indicator; regarded by purists as the lowest of the angling in the flyfishing world, also see "heretic"
Lurker - 1.) one who watches from afar often intending to learn otherwise privileged information, 2.) the Westfly version of a "voyeur"
MP - Megapixels. The measure of a digital camera
MT - Montana. Arguably the trout capital of the world.
Mac - McKenzie River, also The McK
Matsyavataram - in this Avataram, Mahavishnu took the form of a fish to retrieve the vedas from the Asura Hayagreevan (head of a horse) and also to safeguard herbs and seeds at the end of one cycle of creation
The Met - Metolius River, also "The Mighty Met" (See Photo)
Metalhead - an irreverent reference to a majestic steelhead
Mine Field - what every river has, a rocky area of river of difficult navigation; also Rock Garden
Mulleted Multitudes - 1.) timeless Mark Benke quote, synonymous with gear chuckers. 2.) largely "larval stage flyfishermen" fighting for dominance amongst the herd, often found while feeding on Milwaukee's Best, also "Toothless Wonders", "Billy Bob", "The Local Gentry", or "Darrells"
Mustads - used to be the standard in fly hooks. Like Generic Beer, they'll get you there but not like Super Hooks
NEO - North East Oregon
NFA - North Fork of the Alsea, also NF
NFMFW - North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette
NFS - North Fork Santiam
NLGD - No Longer Give a Damn. It's 39 degrees and raining. Your waders are leaking. Your fingers are frozen. You haven't caught a fish in four days. At some point, you just NLDG and drive home.
NWHE - Nick's Walking Hairs Ear
Notellum Creek- mythical place that only you know, closely guarded secret; associated with the expression, "I'll have to shoot you after I take you there"
Ole Rusty - 1.) a local yokel old time fisherman, 2.) one's favorite fly used for years till hook is rusty
On Top - dry fly fishing
PBR - Pabst Blue Ribbon, a smooth drinking hops and barley beverage that has been scientifically proven to increase catch rates by 20% (your actual catch rates may vary). Also shown to dramatically increase the wit of men and the attractiveness of women between 10:30pm and 2:00am. Please consume responsibly
PDX - Portland. Often used to refer to vicinity of, or distance from
PED - Pale Evening Dun
PFD - Personal Floatation Device, the label used when charging $80 for a Life Jacket
PIFB - Pass It Forward Box. Rules vary, but basically, people who sign up to participate receive a fly box in the mail, take flies out that were tied by others and add flies of their own to replace them
PM - Private Message
PMD - Pale Morning Dun
PT - Pheasant Tail
Paying Dues - steelhead fishermen who are enduring freezing water, wind driven snow, frozen fingers, icy roads, and iced up guides with nothing to show for it - sometimes for years on end
Pay-to-play Fishery - a private pond or reach of a stream, full of large fish, and accessible only by paying a fee to the owner. Distinguished from put-and-take only by the price of access
Pellet-Head - hatchery trout
Pig - a term for a large trout. Sometimes considered mildly offensive by those who love the noble trout, also "Hog", "Hawg", and "Piggy"
Pinhead - 1.) what's left when you shave the Mullet off
Poor Man's Tarpon - shad
Premature Strike - What happens when you're swinging and not paying attention
Purist - 1.) put down artist. Inspired the invention of the speaker phone, 2.) skunked angler who insists that style is more important than results
Put-and-take Fishery - where pellet-heads are stocked for the joy of the consumptive fisher and children
Rattlesnake Creek - any desert spring creek that is far too secret and unnamed to divulge; name used to withhold the true name and thus keep the masses at bay
Redside - a rainbow trout that makes some Westflyers loose sleep
Riff-raff - attendees of a rondi. Sometimes mistaken for the rock and dirt structure along a riverbank to protect the shore (riprap)
Rock Throwing - 1.) indicator nymph fishing on the Metolius river, 2.) tactic for getting someone to move from the hole you want to fish, 3.) Trilateralist conspiracy, related to the Stonecutters, the Millenium Group, and the Men In Black.
Rocky Ford - famous eastside stream, home of the "Winter Nationals & Couch Burn"
Rodeo Rules - the philosophy that any fish that's been on for 8 seconds or longer, could have been caught and therefore "counts" even if it is LDR'ed. Named in honor of the Ellensburg Rodeo, since it is often invoked in the vicinity of that particular cowtown; a rule such as this must be agreed to by all fishing partners prior to the start of the day's fishing
Rondi - a Westfly fishing social. Come one, come all (i.e. you're invited)
Rubber Hatch (also called the "inner tube hatch", "kayak hatch" or the "vinyl hatch"); a flotilla of rafters
SBV - Scruffy Bearded Varmint, a Westfly personality and warrior in the fight to retain our access to Oregon's Rivers.
SFS - South Fork Santiam
SRC - Searun Cutthroat
SWMBO - She Who Must Be Obeyed
Sac - the Sacramento River
Sage - an expensive fly rod that's worth the money. Think of it as plastic surgery for the fly fisher's wallet
St. Andrew The Apostle - patron saint of anglers (fishermen) and fish mongers; also patron saint of Scotland, the gout, old maids, Russia, singers, sore throats, and women who wish to become mothers
Scud Dragger - Washington Westflyer
Scully - rarely seen, red-headed young woman who is a frequent fishing companion (imaginary)
Secret Eastside Desert Creek (SEDC) - one of 2 "streams" that actually have water (but not necessarily fish) in them in eastern Washington
Silver - coho salmon
Slim Jim - a very thin, snake-like fish
Sluggo - nickname of a big bull trout streamer
Sniffer - a fish that puts its nose to your fly and follows it in but doesn't take
Sorehead -an old springer, often found swimming next to you with a white head
Soremouth (-ed) - fish who have been stung by your fly and are rendered uncatchable
Smallie - Smallmouth Bass, also SMB or Bronzeback (See Photo)
Smooth landing - when everyone hops out at the gravel bar to stop the boat and nobody dips [FatFreddie]
Softies - Soft Hackles; ancient, simple flies consisting of a floss (or sparsely dubbed) body and a soft, webby hackle, quite possibly the most versatile family of fly patterns known to man (See Photo)
Springer - spring run chinook
Steel - steelhead, also "Metalhead" or "Chromer"
Step Ladder - a fishing "tool", comes complete with cup and rod holders, arm rests and a polarized spotting scope, these fishing accessories (available in the Sharper Image catalogue) are all the rage on the McKenzie; a steelheading tool often used on the McKenzie, also "Spotting Ladder" (See Photo)
Stones - stoneflies
Strike Indicator - an indicator that's working
Studs - something we were when we never fell down; now something we wear to keep from falling down
Summer - summer run steelhead
Super Hooks - chemically sharpened hooks that are very strong and almost never go dull, such as Tiemco, Gamakatsu, etc.; pricey, they are the Champagne of fly hooks
Swamp Donkey - critter well known and feared by Montana fishers; also, Freakin' Moose (See Photo)
Swap (also Fly Swap) - the ultimate chain-letter event of the tier's year, each participant in a given swap is required to tie enough flies of their individual pattern for all of the participants, the "Swap Master" collects the flies from all of the tiers and then distributes one of each pattern to the participants, can take the form of any family or type of fly
Swinging - this has nothing to do with taking your buddy's wife fly fishing. It's a relaxation technique that lets the current and the fish do the work; relaxation is usually achieved because the fish leave your fly alone
TL's - Tight Lines, a fly fisherman's polite salutation
T.P.H. - Trout-Per-Hour, a "Frankian" term for describing how many fish you catch in an hour. The Frankian T.P.H. Scale usually begins at 1.6 tph for steelhead and salmon and 10.0 tph for trout, always calculated to the first decimal point
Tailers - feeding carp, also "Mudders"
Tard - less than polite term for an Oregon Westflyer; what the Washington Boys call the Oregon Men because Washington only has the Yak and Oregon has the D
Tipped - fly that is baited with worm, Power Bait, etc.
Tool - 1.) a guy clogging up productive water but not catching any when you know you could be nailing them there, 2.) that guy you pass on the trail decked out head-to-toe in Orvis gear
Tool Fly - a heavy nymph usually used in a two- or three-fly rig in place of splitshot, especially useful where attached weights are prohibited (i.e. The Metolius River), also "Anchor Fly"
'Toon - a pontoon boat
Troll - 1.) a mischievous dwarf or giant of Teutonic/Scandinavian folklore often inhabiting caves, hills, or the undersides of bridges, 2.) a post designed to deliberately agitate unsuspecting Westflyers
Trouthole - the man who really puts the beans before the frank
Trunker - the buddy you take out to a secret spot, only to have them write clear and specific detail about it online; where they will ride if they ever want to fish with you again
The U - Umpqua River (See Photo)
"Uncle Fuzzy" - Scott Richmond, rightful Westfly Member #1, the founder of Westfly, and Chairman of the Bored.
WBTNT - Westfly Bull Trout Netting Team
Westfly - where they tell tales of tailing to 'toons tremendous trout taken on tiny tippet-tailed tackle
Westfly Oldtimer - just about anyone with a member number under 500
Whities - whitefish
Willy - Willamette River (believe it or not)
Wilted Spinach - trout catching magnet
Winter - winter run steelhead
Yak - Yakima River; picture the Deschutes then take away the steelhead, most of the trout, and halve the number of teeth per angler
0'beer:30 - the appropriate time for quaffing ales, stout, porters and lagers
18 inch Redside - term describing 99% of all 14 inch redband trout caught in the Yakima River, also applicable to the McKenzie
Two Cents - an opinion that a Westflyer fears may be controversial, but feels obligated to express anyway; the approximate worth of the opinion expressed
Two Minute Rule - if you can't untangle the rats nest in less that two minutes, cut it and start over - it's faster and helps you avoid migraines
3X Rule - a way of measuring the value/worth of a possible fishing trip; calculated by multiplying the one-way driving time by 3 - any amount of time on the water greater than the 3X calculation is worth the drive, less is probably a waste of fuel
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