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GEORGE W. HARVEY
American educator and renowned fly fisherman
(20th century)

At early dawn when the air is crisp
  And you're standing knee deep in a beautiful rip
    You see a trout rise to an unknown fly
      Then your heart starts to thump and you wonder why
        You're a neophyte fly fisherman.
          You can measure the cast and study the lie
            Then lengthen the line to make your first try
              As you check the rod to get a good presentation
                You hold your breath in solemn anticipation
                  You must be a fly fisherman!
                    The fly floats gently on its way to the trout
                      You know it will "take it" without a doubt.
                        You're all charged up and ready to strike
                          But the fly floats by because something's not right
                            You are still a fly fisherman.
                              You open your fly box and select a new fly
                                Then lengthen the tippet before the next try
                                  Change your position to help with the cast
                                    And hope you have made the right decision at last
                                      Now you are a doubtful fly fisherman.
      - A Fly Fisherman (first 20 lines),
        in "Fly Fisherman" magazine, December, 2002
        [Flyfishing]

You wait a moment to settle your nerves
  Then make your cast with a right hand curve
    The fly settles down and the float looked good
      But the trout refused it and there you stood
        A dejected fly fisherman.
          You looked things over and were not yet beat
            Then changed flies again and were ready to repeat
              The next try was poor because you rushed the cast
                You hold your breath in solemn anticipation
                  You must be a fly fisherman!
                    The fly floats gently on its way to the trout
                      You know it will "take it" without a doubt.
                        You're all charged up and ready to strike
                          But the fly floats by because something's not right
                            You are still a fly fisherman.
                              You open your fly box and select a new fly
                                Then lengthen the tippet before the next try
                                  Change your position to help with the cast
                                    And hope you have made the right decision at last
                                      Now you are a doubtful fly fisherman.
      - A Fly Fisherman (last 20 lines),
        in "Fly Fisherman" magazine, December, 2002
        [Flyfishing]


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