This is why I love these things. Texas River Bum “Flying Cat” flies never say die. If you know me, you know I fish these a lot. And while I haven’t fished much lately, I like to think I get out there more than most. All that being said- I hate when a fly falls apart. In fact I hate losing flies period. If I am going to take 15 minutes of my life to create a fly (I tie super slow- Flying Cats can be tied quicker), I want a return on that investment. That means fish can gnaw on it all day, and I’ll be damed if I lose it to a tree, underwater log, or any other operator error or malfunction. Yes, I am stupid when it comes to losing flies- I just won’t do it.

Last weekend the poor flying cat above finally gave up the ghost. It was a moment of shock, awe, and pride when marabou fell out as I removed some river seaweed garbage from the shank. Shock because what had happened, awe because of how many trips that fly survived, and pride that I hadn’t lost it for so long that it could fall apart.

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Little buddy you served me well! You are nearby honorably discharged!

Cue taps…. and I’m out!

See you on the high ground,
AirborneAngler

From texasriverbum.com
Material List:
#8 Nymph Hook, 3X long
200 Denier UTC Ultra GSP thread, Black
Krystal Flash, Gold
Marabou, Black
Ultra Chenille, Olive
5/32″ Brass Eyes, Gold
Grizzly Hen Hackle, Olive