The patient survived
Having written over 200 of these columns, I am well aware that I need to be alert to certain fishing terms being incorrectly used when the column is in the process of being printed by someone not familiar with fly fishing terms. Sure enough, in the second paragraph in my November 22 column it should have read, “as I remove my three-and-one-half-ounce, relatively slow GRASS rod from its tube,” it was printed as, “slow GLASS ROD from its tube.”
The word grass was a sly way of referring to the fact that the rod in question was a bamboo fly rod. Tonkin Cane, arundinaria amabilis, is actually classified as a grass. Therefore, a bamboo fly rod can be correctly referred to a as being a “grass rod.” I had tried to avoid this error by written warning and by phone, but it still came out “glass.” Grrr!