Fly Fishing Glossary P's

Fly-Fishing can often be confusing to beginners to the sport because fly-fishermen talk and write in a strange language using words not always in standard use. To help take some of the confusion out of the terms bandied about by fly fishermen we have compiled this glossary. 

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Palmered A term used to describe fly tying feathers wound perpendicular to the shank of the hook and apparently based upon appearance of pilgrims bearing palms.

Parachute style fly: A dry fly with the dry fly hackle wrapped horizontally under the hook or at the base of the wings , these are Parachute style flies, providing a type of outrigger floation. Hans Van Klinken invented the Klinkhammer which is one of the famous examples of this type of fly.

Parr: A young trout, salmon or char, usually in the so-called fingerling stage.

Pheasant Tail: (1) The Pheasant Tail Nymph, also known as PTN was originally conceived and tied by Frank Sawyer. The Pheasant Tail Nymph is one of the oldest of "modern" nymphs (2) the tail usually cock pheasant tail used for fly tying

Pick-up & Lay Down: a fly fishing cast using only a single backcast. The fly line is lifted from the water and a back cast made, followed by a forward cast which is allowed to straighten and fall to the water, completing the cast; good wet fly cast.

Perfection loop This is a knot often used to create a loop in a piece of monofilament, frequently at the butt end of a leader for the loop to loop connection.

Polarized sun glasses: Sunglasses with iodized lenses that block incident light (glare) and thus allow anglers to better see beneath the surface glare of water. Polarized sun glasses are an almost essential piece of fly fishing tackle

Pool: A reach or segment of a river or stream with greater depth and slower current, making it safer from predators bird and animal and where swimming against the current is reduced.

Popper: A topwater lure, made of painted balsa wood or deer hair or Bucktail, with a flat face that causes it to make a popping sound when retrieved. It is commonly used for pike, warmwater panfish, bass and some saltwater species.

Popping Bug a bass bug made from a hard material. Usually cork or balsa wood, as these are high floating materials that can be made into a variety of shapes.

Presentation A term referring to the placing of a fly to the feeding region of a fish. While appears to be a pretentious term, it reflects the precision and elegance of casting a fly in a manner that it perfectly imitates a natural insect.

Priest:  A metal hammer used to despatch fish is called a Priest

Pupa: An intermediate stage of certain insects, generally the stage between the larva and adult form of caddis flies or midges. Also refers to the fly imitation of these insects.

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