Since 1988 the staff at The Evening Hatch in Washington State have been talking about “Guidespeak.” Guidespeak (not to be confused with ‘godspeed’) is a compilation of terms, thoughts and phrases that guides and guests use on the water—in other words, the lingo of fly fishing bums, generally inspired by some happening or occurrence. We continue the list with a few more terms….
Cripple and Kill: The trout behavior of mauling and debilatating the bug/fly and then circling back around to eat it!
TGR: Or in other words a ‘Typical Guide Rig’ – Commonly appointed with…. chew cups, gob o bugs (see below), power bars, empty cans of copenhagen, ‘our team sponsor’, rods on hood racks, drift boat in tow, empty red bull cans.
Bobber Tending: One of the ‘things’ a guide needs to do when aiding the anglers drift while floating down the river in search of the fish.
Guide Babble: Often occurs when 4 or more guides become confined to a small space, and consists of 7 or more separate conversations between 3 or 4 guides, all on-going at the same time. Topics jump all over the map and volume in said space (Jeep Cherokee) tends to escalate as guides get excited.
Fish Slapped: This one is certainly not politically correct… So in context, ‘Dude, that fish just kicked your ass, he flat out violated your game. You just got Fish Slapped!’