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FLYFISHING
[ Also see Fish Fishermen Fishing Sport Trout ]

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.
      - George W. Harvey, A Fly Fisherman
         (first 20 lines),
        in "Fly Fisherman" magazine, December, 2002

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.
      - George W. Harvey, A Fly Fisherman
         (last 20 lines),
        in "Fly Fisherman" magazine, December, 2002

Fly fishing is a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing, I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
      - attributed to Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        see Robert Stephen Hawker's On Worm Fishing, also see Notes and Queries, Dec. 11, 1915,
        (not found in Johnson's works)

In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.
      - Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
        A River Runs Through It

Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn't. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
      - Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
        A River Runs Through It

Gifts are like fish-hooks; for who is not aware that the greedy char is deceived by the fly which he swallows?
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

And for winter fly-fishing it is as useful as an almanac out of date.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (Author's Preface)


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