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?