I admit it, I'm endlessly curious about fly fishing languages and I'm always willing to learn the local slang even though I'll probably never use it. Fly guys use a lot of words I can't find in any English, Italian or Slovenian dictionary and not even in my very useful dictionary of American slang (i.e. what the heck is a "fling"...well, I got the meaning but where does it come from?)
Thus, the language of fly fishing is intentionally cryptic. At its best it is a "private language" spoken by very few people and, truly, that's the way we like it. Here are a few I've come to appreciate lately:
Skagit and scandi are not a Scandinavian film star duo. They are different types of spey lines geared towards different styles of spey casting with different styles of spey rods. I'm sure that cleared up everything for you.
Swingin' a Broomstick – This has little to do with a fervent enthusiasm for domestic chores. It means casting a fly rod with virtually no flex. The rod has to be over weighted about 13 line weights to load right.
Picking Pockets –Nothing to do with urban careers this means fishing deep holes in a river.
There is a lot of flingin' slang and guidespeak out there...
Throwin' Chickens –I've seen guys throw actual chickens before and they really don't go very far. Why they were throwing them is another mystery.
In fly fishing lingo it means casting monster flies that looks as though you've used all of the feathers off of a dead Bird-of-paradise. These flies usually don't go very far either, unless you swing a broomstick.
Let's call this just the first installment of fly fishing Idioglossia. There is a lot of flingin' slang and guidespeak out there and I'll record it as I hear it. Or, comment with a few of your own. - WES:::