What is life if there is not laughter?
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July 2nd, 2001
Experience . . .
By Ed Zern
I recall one day on the Brodheads, when I worked for an hour trying to
put my dry fly over a rising fish. It was a long cast, and a tricky
current kept dragging the fly out of the tiny eddy where the trout
was feeding. Also, there was no room for a back cast, and I lost
several precious fanwings in the trees that crowded the bank. When
an elderly angler came by, I suggested he havea try at the inaccessible
brownie. The stranger stepped into the stream, made a few false
casts, and dropped a Pink Lady on the trout's nose. When he had
netted the fish and released it, I asked him if there wasn't some secret
to his success.
"There is indeed," he said.
"Would you mind telling me that secret?" I said.
Of course not," he said. "It's really too simple for words."
"What it is?" I said.
"Just fish for fifty years," he said.
~ Ed Zern
Credit: From To Hell With Fishing published by
D.Appleton - Century Company.
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