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  • posted: January 17 @ 2:28pm
fly fishing part 6, the final chapter.

I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always taste better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun. -Robert Traver

Comments

EdwardTeach says:
great quote. kingfaved.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:29pm -
Robfrenzy says:
look at all that equipment
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:32pm -
EdwardTeach says:
i really appreciate individual fishermen. especially since the commercial fishing industry/fish farms are so messed up.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:33pm -
mims attack says:
awesome color
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:35pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Really enjoyed this series. What a great catch!
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:40pm -
hale. says:
that's a beauty. there's nothing like cooking trout you caught that day over a campfire. the way we used to do it was, after cleaning, cover the trout in cornmeal, wrap it in tinfoil, then toss it in the coals. superb.

i'm so happy we're neighbors today.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:44pm -
Jar says:
Beautiful.

So, my wife's family is huge in to fly fishing, her dad ties flies and everything. He made me a rod and got me reel for my birthday one year, then we moved to KC before he could ever teach me how to use it. Someday I will learn, it looks amazing.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
Fofe says:
Beautiful photo!
I sincerely hope that we are not going "this way" for the last time. That we will always have wild streams, rivers, mountains, and beaches to enjoy and places to fish and hunt and watch wildlife and to just know that they these animals are out there.
That's my goal each day, to win those small and large battles to ensure that our fish and wildlife and their habitats are conserved for today and tomorrow.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:51pm -
zackle says:
You and hale side by side is like a dream.
A hairy, yet friendly, yet hairy dream.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:52pm -
Matty O says:
I love that it seems the success isn't necessarily catching the fish, but instead it is just getting away from stuff.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 2:56pm -
Mason Bernard says:
Awesome
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:12pm -
Ned Kelly says:
lovely pic and caption… if you do catch a mermaid be sure not to tell anyone otherwise there'll definitely be television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:15pm -
mOtke says:
I used to catch rainbow trout and then eat them that day.

Now I go to buffets and hope that I don't get accosted by someone three times larger than me.

Sometimes I go to the farmer's market and chase children out of the isles. I also buy fruit there.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:16pm -
tedford says:
she's a beaut!
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:26pm -
Le Duncan says:
You win a King Life award in my book. This is exactly why I hike, substitute scotch for bourbon. One day, we should backpack, and I don't mean that as an empty Whiskerino proposition.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:27pm -
Dschonn says:
There's something fishy about this photograph.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:49pm -
mackle says:
a great image, beautiful quote and fantastic series. You are the win.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:49pm -
Dschonn says:
I think it's the fish.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 3:49pm -
Sir Walshington says:
nice cutthroat.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 4:07pm -
Andrew says:
oh man. I need to memorize that quote. I also need to start fishing.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 4:12pm -
Yogi Beard says:
That fish is a beaut! Great caption, too.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 4:16pm -
mu says:
beautiful capture and incredible quote.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 4:37pm -
Jarrett says:
That's a beautiful fish and those words were quite beautiful as well.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 5:30pm -
brandon says:
Just about the perfect post.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 5:43pm -
Freshie says:
Sweet photo, and sweet trout.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 6:10pm -
rodohmes says:
the last part of that quote is great...

"and, finally, not because I regard fishing as so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant"
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 6:37pm -
elldub says:
If and when you come to visit me out here on the coast, we'll go out in the bays and the river and fish for some drum and river trout.

I had no idea you were a fisherman.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 6:54pm -
mc sauce says:
throw it back
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 6:55pm -
mackle says:
i like how vivid wildlife can look sometimes.. that fish is so bright and colorful
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 6:58pm -
jonshell says:
i've loved this theme, gavin. thanks for giving us a glimpse of something that you love doing and are passionate about.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 7:20pm -
Philly says:
My favorite series, truly inspiring.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 7:32pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous!
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 7:40pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
i grew up fishing, but I have left it.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 8:14pm -
wondermade says:
Staggering quote, beautiful image, nice catch.
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 8:35pm -
Presto Beardo says:
Ok, I officially want to learn. Can you teach me? Where is the best place to start to learn about fly fishing?
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 9:40pm -
Absolutely says:
this is just cool.

I'm with @prestobeardo
Posted: Jan 17th, 2010 - 11:07pm -
Gavin says:
@Presto Beardo. the best place to start is at a fly shop in your area. if they offer classes that can speed up the whole learning process. if you ever come to pa i'd be more then happy to show you the ropes. you too @absolutely.
Posted: Jan 19th, 2010 - 7:50am -
jonwayne says:
BEAUTIFUL bow
Posted: Jan 19th, 2010 - 6:03pm -
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