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What is the joy of fly fishing?

February 6, 2011

Fly-fishing is to me like watching a prim-Dona ballet artist perform Swan Lake, only better. The execution of the perfect cast is like receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. It is almost as difficult and needs perhaps years of practice. But even a poorly cast fly is better than not trying it.

The first fly-fisherman that I remember seeing was my Father. He was poetry in motion. He was grace and beauty all mixed together. He was what started my love of fishing. Today I am a die-hard fly-fisherman. I started fishing with a spinning rod because my Father didn’t think I would ever be able to make a good enough cast with a fly rod to catch a fish and wanted me to catch a few before I got discouraged. That just didn’t last long because I saved my money and bought myself a cheap fly rod. I practiced in the front yard with a piece of yarn hooked to the leader, as that’s what I had read from a fly fishing article and I practiced and practiced. My dad didn’t know how serious I was until he took me fishing and my first cast with my new fly rod was pretty darn good. In fact he thought it was good enough that he gave me one of his fancy rods.

That fancy bamboo fly rod has now fished the best rivers that Montana, Alaska, Mexico and Colombia has to offer and my casts throughout the years have improved. I know it wasn’t the rod that I loved the most, but the thrill of the beautiful cast when a fish darted out to receive it.

Fly-fishing is much more than catching a fish. To me it is the beauty of the river, lake or ocean. It is the great time walking up the river in the quietness of nature. It is watching my line float behind a large rock and seeing the fish make a dash for it. It is beauty of the perfect cast

It is the joy of teaching my grandchildren the skills of fishing, and watching their eyes when they catch their first fish.

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