from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The route habitually taken by a bird in its regular migration.
- n. A line used for angling with an artificial fly.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
My old pal Bruce Richards, who just retired as Scientific Anglers 'fly-line guru and is one of the best fly-casting instructors I know, once told me that he tries to find one thing that might help a particular caster and then relays that one thing only.
Fly fishing is using the weight of your fly-line to cast and present a fly.
Punching a fly-line into oncoming wind is pretty thankless, and to begin with, to his sister's undisguised satisfaction, he struggles.
The kid had one of those knotless, tapered leaders that comes with a loop tied in the thick (fly-line) end.
So we have to use artifice, and lift our Posthof above the fly-line and the mosquito-line into the night air.
Experience and reason were all against the attempt, yet so delightful is the mere motion and delicate touch of the fly-line on the water that I could not but let myself enjoy that at least.