[QUOTE=Trout 2003;3304247]“When a man learns to cast a little spinner with the ease and accuracy of a dry fly, he begins to learn what spinner fishing is all about. He’ll fish the tough places in a manner the unsuspecting trout know nothing about. He’ll learn to drop it so that it tumbles around the very edge of a rock. He’ll hit the head of a tiny eddy with bull’s eye accuracy, and he’ll flip it far up under a cut bank. He’ll cast upstream and down with equal abandon, depending on what the currents demand, and learn to drop it in still water with barely a splash. Then he has arrived, and the Lord help the poor little fishes. They’re due for a bad time.” (bold added)
I read this exerpt today, taken from The Trout Fisherman's Bible as provided to me in a wonderfully written letter by Trout Traveler in regards to some recent adversity in his life. I thought it was fitting to tailor a post around because I've read few things that apply more to what I/we do and even fewer things that truly signify the fact that we aren’t just 'chuckin' hardware' haha and that the quest to truly master an an art is taking place not so unlike the smooth and beautiful art of casting a dry fly to unsuspecting trout. When done correctly both are things of absolute beauty and grace.
I had been thinking of sharing the quote on this website myself, because it's such a great quote. It was one of my father's favorites. My Dad had a stroke and passed away in late May. The last time I read that quote to him, he smiled and said, "You've arrived." It's the best fishing compliment I will ever receive.
The Trout Fisherman's Bible was written in the 70s by Dan Holland, who was mostly a dry fly fisherman, but was by no means a purist. In the book there are chapters about dry fly fishing, wet fly fishing, nymph fishing, streamer and bucktail fishing, spinner fishing, bait fishing, lake fishing, steelhead and sea trout fishing, how to take big trout, among others. It also describes the various trout types. There is a picture of his wife at the beginning of one chapter, joyously bringing in a trout on a spinning rod with the caption, "Trout fishing is for everyone." It's a very unifying message that I hope spreads through the angling community.
You have some really beautiful stream pictures and great trout pictures too.
Last edited by Trout Traveler; 06-16-2018 at 06:12 AM.