A use for a once loved beard. The beard fly.

This isn’t a fashion blog and I am definitely not a fashion blogger, so bare with me I discuss a fashion trend. The beard. Beards are cool. They are so cool in fact they have even started springing up on the faces of the decidedly uncool like myself. So revel in the beard revolution while you can, but remember it too will pass, like the handlebar moustache and mutton chops before it, the beard is here for a limited time only (as a fashion trend, you can always have a beard if you want to, f### fashion). For the fashion conscious, the question is what then? You’ve spent months caring for your facial hair, lovingly grooming it, playing with it, eating bits of food out of it and now, given the heartless whims of fashion you are facing pressure from all directions to cut it off! The tragedy.

The "beards ear"
The “beards ear”

Fear not, I have a solution. Well a solution for the bearded fly fishers amongst us anyway. As fly fishermen we spend loads of money buying various types of hair that we can tie to hooks to imitate various insects and fish and what not. So when the time comes to part with your beard, why not turn your beard into flies. What could be a more fitting tribute to a much loved beard than allowing it live on in perpetuity doing awesome things like catching fish! What a send out! I can’t think of a better way to respect your much loved beard.

The "5 o'clock shadow" nymph
The “5 o’clock shadow” nymph

I’ve tied a few examples of what you might do with your beard (using my own beard which recently parted with my face) but let your imagination run wild, the possibilities are endless.

Not the prettiest- beard hair isn't the easiest tying material, but they will fish.
Not the prettiest- beard hair isn’t the easiest tying material, but they will fish.

Until next time, stay bearded my friends

Hamish

flickandflyjournal.com

Hamish Webb, Dan Firth, Graham Fifield and Lee Georgeson have been fishing the south-east Australian region since 1987. Since then they’ve become avid sportfishermen who are constantly looking for new ways to challenge themselves. They are all scientists and conservationists who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem in which they live. They promote understanding and appreciation of the complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues surrounding fish, fishing and fisheries, while never losing sight of the various motivations that keep them coming back. In English, that means they love all things fishing and have a damn good time on the water, and that’s all that really counts in the end!

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