Fly Fishing 101, Part 8
Give a Gift That Keeps on Giving
Here at the holiday season, I am
suggesting you give someone else the gift of fly fishing.
Perhaps someone dear to you was a fly fisher years
ago - before babies, a house with a mortgage and new
carpeting. Encourage that person to get back into fly-fishing.
Or maybe you have a fishing friend
who hasn't yet been exposed to fly fishing. Fly fishing
delivers the satisfaction of not just catching, but the enjoyment
of casting. Fly-fishing is the perfect way to get the person
who had an interest in the outdoors back outdoors.
Don't panic. I'm not suggesting you
go out and buy a rod, reel or such. You won't have a clue
on those items (unless you have been presented with a "What
I Want For Christmas" list). Here are some ideas to consider tho.
Get a couple of books about fly-fishing.
These books fall into two basic groups - "how to" and "why to."
Pick something from the "why to" group. The following are in
that group, and should be available at your local book dealer
or fly shop.
Ted Leeson's Habit of Rivers,
Seth Norman's Meanderings, the classic A River
Runs Through It by Norman Maclean (or if you loved
the film, pick up the video Shadow Casting which is
an on-location piece on the making of the movie. Really super.)
Other great choices are Anatomy
of a Fisherman or either of Robert Travers' other two
fly-fishing books. Howell Raines Fly Fishing Through
the Midlife Crisis is probably misnamed, but it will invoke
memories in any angler. Anything by Jerry Dennis is a personal
favorite of mine.
Humor is where you find it, and
Another Lousy Day in Paradise by John Gierach is a delight.
You might also check out the Book Review
section for more ideas.
The message you will be giving to the
recipient is that you care. And hope they will get out, smell the
roses, and reduce his or her personal stress. A gift of fly fishing
is not a small thing. It's what memories are made of. And who
knows, you just might get a terrific fishing buddy.
Stop by the Chat Room and meet some fellow anglers. It is a nice
bunch of people - always willing to help new fly fishers! Or just share your
fishing adventures. Fair skys and tight lines, ~ DB
Have a question? Email me!