Every sport has its own lingo. For basketball if someone could jump high they'd have "hops". If they could dribble well they had "mad handles". If you made most of your shots you were "money". A player lucky enough to have a bunch of these talents had "game." I was thinking today about fly fishing lingo. I thought maybe us fly fishing bloggers could create a glossary of fly fishing terms not so well known to those outside the fishing world. Here are the ones that came to mind.
A Broomstick - A fly rod with virtually no flex. The rod has to be over weighted about 3 line weights to load right.
A Noodle - The opposite of a broomstick. The rod has too much flex and has the flexibility of a small branch.
Pig, Toad, Hog - Labels for large fish by some fisherman. *For some fisherman a large fish is labeled after a different species once it reaches a certain size. No known reason for this behavior.
Slow Fishing - Lets be honest, slow fishing means you're not catching anything.
Lunker - Another term for big fish.
Sketchy - Usually describing an unfavorable condition. Such as sketchy wading.
Chicken - A monster fly that looks as though you've used all of the feathers off a chicken.
Speck - Depends on if you're fishing salt water or freshwater. In freshwater it means a brook trout, if it is salt water it means a speckled trout.
Bucket Mouth - Largemouth Bass
Dink - Small chub or minnow
Bait Chucker - Spin fisherman, bait caster
Blue Line - Water that is not stocked and has not been designated to hold populations of trout.
LDR - Long distance release, when you hook a fish from a distance and it comes off. *technically not a catch to some fisherman.
SDR - Short distance release. *If you touch the leader the fish is considered caught by some fisherman.
Golden Bone - Carp
Southern Salmon - American or Hickory Shad. The fish migrate from the ocean inland to spawn similar to some Salmon species.
Trash Fish - Carp, Gar, Bowfin. Coincidentally some of the greatest fighting fish on a fly rod.
Tailing - the feeding pattern of a fish where there head is down and the tail slightly breaks the surface of the water.
Mudding - Feeding pattern of fish routing in the mud and causing plumes to form. Most commonly seen when carp are feeding.
Windknot - When the wind tangles your leader into a tangled knot. *Sometimes called birds nest.
I can't believe no more come to mind. I'm sure you others can think of a ton more.