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September 06, 2012

Venezuelan Poodle Moth Would Make a Great Fly

By Chad Love

As a high-enthusiasm but low-skill wannabe fly angler, I love reading the Fly Talk blog, especially posts about fly-tying. I'm fascinated with how someone can take little bits of string, fur and feathers and turn them into astounding works of art that catch fish. From an aesthetic standpoint it's something I've always been intrigued with. Some day soon I hope to gather all the necessary knowledge and equipment so I, too, can begin making my own unique creations.
 
And I think I'll start out with this one, because I'm pretty sure no one's tried to tie it yet, because no one is quite sure what the hell it is.
 
From this story on revmodo.com
 
It looks like a cross between a miniature gargoyle and a Furby, but this Venezuelan poodle moth is the real thing. The furry moth has become an internet sensation recently, though the picture circling the internet was taken in 2009 at Canaima National Park. The fantastical insect was spotted by Dr. Arthur Anker, a zoologist from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who snapped the photo on a trip to Venezuela that winter. Though he has since inquired with other zoologists hoping to identify the creature, no one has yet been able to even name its genus.
 
I think that thing, whatever it is, would make a heckuva fly, but if there's one thing I've learned from reading Fly Talk, it's that new fly patterns have to have a catchy name like the "Chernobyl Ant" — the "Venezuelan Poodle Moth" just isn’t going to cut it. Have any suggestions?

 

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from habben97 wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

call it " the mutant moth". the fish will love it!

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from peppeli wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

The "FFR" which stands for "Furby, for real!"

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from Proverbs wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Gargoyle moth.

If they grew to 10 pounds, I'd love to take my 12 guage after it. Of course, I'm gonna need a bigger dog.

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from Greenhead wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Am I the only one who thinks fish would be scared of this thing? It is obviously the embodiment of disturbed children's nightmares and more likely a sign of the end times than something any creature concerned with self preservation would try to eat. Am I really the only one who sees this?

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

It looks like Gizmo from Gremlins but with wings...

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from habben97 wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

call it " the mutant moth". the fish will love it!

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from peppeli wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

The "FFR" which stands for "Furby, for real!"

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from Proverbs wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Gargoyle moth.

If they grew to 10 pounds, I'd love to take my 12 guage after it. Of course, I'm gonna need a bigger dog.

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from Greenhead wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Am I the only one who thinks fish would be scared of this thing? It is obviously the embodiment of disturbed children's nightmares and more likely a sign of the end times than something any creature concerned with self preservation would try to eat. Am I really the only one who sees this?

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

It looks like Gizmo from Gremlins but with wings...

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