Somerset, New Jersey--The Fly Fishing Show
is no place to take anyone with an abiding fear of insects. Witness Paul Whillock's incredibly realistic "Flies As Art", exquisite reproductions of anatomically correct stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies, even a frighteningly accurate praying mantis. These things will fool any trout if you're callous enough toss one in the water. They've even fooled U.S. customs agents, whom I've always assumed are slightly smarter than your average goldfish. The evidence, though, is not encouraging. The first time Whillock, who is British, tried to bring his flies into the states, these geniuses confiscated his luggage, heroically preventing a dastardly attempt at international biological sabotage. For more on Whillock's "Masterclass Flies", check out his web site here.