There are two circumstances regarding the included picture.
The first is: on the day this photo was taken, there were roughly 75 clouser minnows in the boat when the morning started – by the end of the day we were pilfering the remaining bucktail off of the flies that were destroyed, and attempting to put together something resembling a clouser (using strands of fur and Ande mono for thread), just to get one more cast (and yet another fish).
That’s how good the fishing was that day – and it prompted a clouser production factory so we never ran out of Bob’s ‘Van Gogh’ again.
The second part of this story is incidental. In the picture I’m holding the rod that some folks consider not a fly rod at all.
My humble reply is…a closed mind creates tailing loops. And my ‘seasoned’ side says…bamboo is for panda bears.