FLY FISHING

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The Truth About Fishing

On good days, fish seem like they are conjured instead of caught. But here's the truth: fly fishing -- no matter how pretty Brad Pitt makes it look -- is about people pestering animals for their own pleasure. Even though I know this fact and feel its weight every time I angle, I still can't go a day without thinking about fishing.
Flickr: Carolyn Conner

Ebb and Flow

Clearly I didn't have a connection to the big fish in the way I'd had when fishing the mountain streams. Rod, line and fly as an extension of my arm gave me a connection to the fish's world in a way I couldn't experience by fishing long line from a river bank in deep, dark water via a rod holder.