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Road hunting is a new pastime practiced by flytiers, and the idea, says Eric Leiser, proprietor of the River Gate, a fly-fishing shop in Cold Spring, N.Y., is to drive with one eye on the road while the other scans the pavement and shoulders for dead birds and animals that might furnish materials. Leiser, the author of Fly-Tying Materials, the standard in the field, regularly carries a pair of pruning shears, a large plastic bag and a knife so he can collect his fur and feathers on the spot. The best time to go road hunting is in the early morning (many animals are run over at night), and the pickings are safest on back roads. Also, a road hunter should know the law because even possession of an out-of-season game bird or animal can result in a fine.
Quail, grouse and woodcock have body feathers that can be used as legs on nymphs now that the Feds have cracked down on the importation of English partridge. Leiser himself is high on woodchucks. "Three of my favorite flies—the Llama, the Au Sable Wulff and the Chuck Caddis—all have woodchuck guard hair as wings," he says. "It's stronger than deer hair, has better markings and, believe it or not, it floats better. Why, I have to weight my Llamas to get them to sink."
But the top road-hunting prize is a red fox. Trappers now get $55 to $65 a skin, and the red fox vixen is particularly sought after because Art Flick, a leading flytier, calls for urine-stained vixen fur in his version of the Hendrickson.
Last summer, a friend of Leiser's stopped by the side of a road in the Cats-kills after spotting a dead woodchuck. He opened the trunk of his car, picked up the carcass and began dressing it out. He paid no attention to the sound of a car stopping behind him. When he finished he looked around, and there was a huge state trooper who said, before turning on his heel, "I know what you're doing is not illegal, but I just can't believe that you're doing it."
THE LONG AND THE SHORT
The long: Utah State and Idaho State, only 90 miles apart, will play one another in football this year in Osaka, Japan, 6,000 miles away. The last time Utah State played in Osaka, the Aggies walloped a Japanese team so badly that their hosts requested they bring their own opponent when they play there next time.
The short: Palmer Junior College in Davenport, Iowa, is only 12 miles from Moline, Ill., but the Palmer basketball team flew there in two planes for the game against Black Hawk College. "All top-notch basketball teams fly," says Coach Denny Aye. "Why not us?"