If you’re headed to Chile West in the next 6 months to chase some Patagonian fatties, you’re going to want to brush up on the today’s vocabulary – understanding your guide is a good thing.
Run – n. a gathering of people running a race, sometimes to raise money for a cause; what you do when you have no more backing on your reel; a section in the river between drops in elevation, usually between turns in the river. Generally each turn in the river creates a run.
Head – n. the part of the human anatomy that sits on your shoulders, the brain is inside; the area of the run just after the river has dropped in elevation, quite often making a turn over rocks. The first fishable water.
Riffle – n. a gun used to hunt big game; a place in the river where the water runs fast and shallow over the rocks.
Bucket – n. a container, usually to hold water; a pail; a deeper area where the current usually slows down, generally after the riffle.
Flat – adj., n. having no slope or contour; a box of berries; the area after the bucket where the river starts to shallow and widen. In this area, the water is generally smooth and ‘flat’.
Tail – n. the part of an animal’s anatomy that is connected to the tailbone, used to swat flies; the area below the flat where the river shallows and the current starts to speed up before it pinches and drops down to create the next run.
Seam – n. the place where two pieces of cloth have been sewn together; the place where two different current speeds come together. There will be a seam, so to speak, where the two join. This area will collect and funnel debris and insects.
Foam – n. material made with tiny air pockets used for flotation; white pillowy stuff on top of the water that has been created by river currents like the seam or currents running around objects such as rocks or logs.
Bar – n. a place that serves alcoholic beverages; a beach of gravel and/or boulders on a given run. Note that bars can also be subsurface.
Trench – n. a ditch that is used to hide soldiers; the deepest part of an area or a run.
Pocket – n. an extra piece of cloth that is sewn on your pants to store things in; slower water just on the downstream side of a boulder or log. An area the guide wants you to cast your fly -usually the size of your pocket!
Line – n., v. a protective layer or padding; to cast your fly line on top of a fish and spooking it.
Bang the bank – v. a slang term used by thieves to describe bank robbery; to cast as close as you can to the river bank, fast and furious, usually stripping the fly.
Chug – v. to drink all of your beer as fast as you can; to strip a huge dry fly, usually a mouse or a foam beetle.
Swing – v. a type of dancing; a technique for fishing a streamer, to cast the fly slightly downstream and let the fly swing around in the current.
Hopper dropper – n. rabbit poop; a term used when fishing a grasshopper with a nymph below it.
Sip – v. to take small drinks of a hot liquid such as tea; the action of trout as they gently take an emerging insect, usually small, from the surface of the water.
Farm – n., v. a plot of land used for agricultural purposes; the act of losing a fish.
Farmer – n. a person who works a farm; a person who loses fish.
Set – n., v. all the pieces to a game; what your guide tells you repeatedly when a fish takes your fly; the act of bringing the line tight in a swift manner in order to hook a fish.
Mend – v. repairing something, usually a tear or hole in an article of clothing or waders; another phrase your guide will repeatedly tell you; the act of manipulating your fly line after a cast so the fly may drift in a more realistic manner.
Flog – v. to torture using leather straps with sharp metal shards attached; to cast repeatedly into the same section of water, the cast usually collapsing on itself and thus scaring away any fish that might have been in the area.
Spook – v. to scare a person, sometimes with the use of a costume at Halloween; to make a bad cast that flops down and causes the fish to run away.