Fly Fishing

Calm is the catch a release of a healthy trout on a cold autumn day. One of God’s most delicate yet valuable creatures. The opportunity to become so intimate with a fish is a sensation like nothing else. To feel every muscle in the body of a fish pulse and peel line off a reel, to have the rod torqued with such power that no other animal of that size could come close to; the days I get to experience that are among the best days. Not many people have been able to stand in a river in the dead of winter and catch a trout in sub freezing temperatures. I wish I could explain the grace that comes with iced over guides when the line tightens and sprays the tiny shards of glassy ice on your face while simultaneously a gorgeous rainbow leaves the water in an attempt to shake the hook. The simple beauty of being able to imitate an insect landing still on the surface, imitating it so well that the fish thinks that it is edible; this is an astonishing feat to achieve. But the best and most calming part of being a fly fisherman is the release aspect. Think about it, the fish is in your basket submerged in the river and trapped, it is at your mercy and you decide its fate. You know undeniably that the fish will make for at least a few meals. But to know all of the great that this fish can provide for you while your letting it slip from your two slime coated hands back into its pool is the ultimate feeling of grace.

This video gives a visual description of what it is like to catch a release a trout.

I went to the Jersey shore after Sandy and did a bit of surfcasting on a long stretch of beach where the wreckage lined the sea wall. The seas were enormous reaching almost ten feet. I walked out along a long rock jetty where the waves would crash so hard on that the spray almost knocked me off of my feet. If I had fallen I would have likely lost my life to be smashed into the rocks by the surf. But in the midst of all of this chaos and wreckage, there I was fishing for striped bass without a care in the world accept what could be on the end of my line. Fly Fishing for me is something so entrancing that I can block out even the foulest of conditions to experience the feeling it brings to me.

 

beautiful brown trout

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  1. Connor:
    “Think about it, the fish is in your basket submerged in the river and trapped, it is at your mercy and you decide its fate. You know undeniably that the fish will make for at least a few meals. But to know all of the great that this fish can provide for you while your letting it slip from your two slime coated hands back into its pool is the ultimate feeling of grace.”
    That is really a lovely passage…I do feel calm reading what you wrote despite the ominous line about deciding the fate of the fish.

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