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Jmd123July 12th, 2010, 6:19 pm
Oscoda, MI

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Cali-cat would likely sever one of my fingers if I EVER tried to extract a whisker from her face. I've been bitten by her before - thankfully, only once - and she bites REAL HARD.

CaseyP, I'm thinking crayfish antennae or maybe for those little caddisflies with the extra-long antennae. Cali's whiskers are white - are all cats' whiskers white??? - so I would have to take a Sharpie pen or dye them or something to get other colors.

Hmmmm, I wonder if you could use them like a stripped feather quill and wrap them around the hook for a segmented-looking body? Yet another way to tie my beloved White Wulffs...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CaseyPJuly 13th, 2010, 8:27 am
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
are all cats' whiskers white?--Jmd123

mostly, i think. we had one young cat whose whiskers were part gray and part white; it gave him a very unorganized look. most cats look pretty well put together, but not this rag bag. he was unique in many ways and died too young. lately his replacement's whiskers have either been breaking or getting bitten off by his house-mate. that looks funny too.

it would seem possible to color the whiskers whatever you want with those prismacolor pens.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Jmd123July 13th, 2010, 7:36 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2379
I suppose if one wanted to get REALLY nuts one could get one of those superfine-point pens - the kind I used to use for labeling insect specimens during my more active entomology days - and draw little segments on them...or wrap some superfine wire or thread on them?

Hmmm, CaseyP, we might just have to have ourselves a "cat-whisker fly challenge" for those troutnutters out there who happen to have feline creatures in their lives. Mine is currently sitting over by Dad's old "gun bench" staring at me, blinking her eyes whenever I say, "Pretty kitty!"

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CaseyPJuly 14th, 2010, 7:39 am
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
Jonathon, you just might have an idea there. looking at current felines, i discovered one has two-tone whiskers. the fly could be the "Ricky Ricardo Jacket."

only problem: i don't know how to get hold of the whiskers "legally".
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
GONZOJuly 14th, 2010, 8:24 am
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
the fly could be the "Ricky Ricardo Jacket."


Casey, if your fly is constructed with the whiskers/fur from one of your pixie bobs, you could call it the "Bobalu." Then you could cast it to a promising lie while calling out "Oh, Luuucy...!" However, should you be overheard by some of the younger members of the fly-fishing community, that might leave you with "some 'splainin' to do." :)
CaseyPJuly 15th, 2010, 8:46 am
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
that might leave you with "some 'splainin' to do." :)--Gonzo


not if they're Jimmy Buffet fans. oh--right--that's still the wrong generation!

well, i'll just smile like they're supposed to know what i'm talking about. that's what we curmugeons do, isn't it? i'm still practicing!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Jmd123July 15th, 2010, 11:39 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2379
Watch your fingers there, CaseyP - you don't want to sustain enough damage to keep you from tying those #16 Royal Wulffs...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
CaseyPJuly 15th, 2010, 6:26 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
in the immortal words of my sainted grandfather,

...tying elaborate little flies is like murder--hire it done!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
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