Certainly, I am not going to be the one to cast the first stone in this magazine. Back in the early ’90s I designed a fly called the Coyote to replicate a Blakemore Road Runner lure. I had caught thousands of striped bass on a Road Runner long before I ever picked up a fly rod. The Coyote incorporates a spinner blade on the front section of the fly, which helps attract fish and elicit more strikes. I was living in Stamford, Connecticut, when I first came out with the fly. Some anglers thought it was an excellent fish-attracting fly pattern while others said simply, “Nice lure, Henry.” I myself was determined to figure out whether this was truly a fly or not. I called upon one of my local fishing heroes (Lou Tabory), who happened to live in Connecticut, for his advice. Tabory said, “In my opinion, if it can be cast on a fly rod but not on a spinning rod then it is a fly. However, why don’t you send it to the folks at the International Game Fish Association and see what they have to say about it?” Thinking this was great advice, I immediately got on the phone with the IGFA and spoke with then acting director Mike Leech, who asked me to send five flies down for review by the association’s acting fly-fishing committee, made up of Billy Pate, Mark Sosin, Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh and Chico Fernandez. Five Coyotes were tied and sent to IGFA headquarters in Florida. Within a short time, a letter came back stating that, if a fish were to have been caught, landed and sent in for verification of a pending line-class world record on a Coyote, it would have been recognized as fly-caught.