November 2016 ~
“Fly fishing at times is a solitary sport…
and oft times that solitude can certainly be satisfying. Being outdoors by oneself and focusing on the task at hand encourages us to relax our minds and become introspective, and while I find this to be rewarding in many aspects, I much prefer to fish with friends.
Friends bring so much more to the fishing experience. It’s not just the process of sharing information (what fly should I use?) or techniques (should I use a roll cast here, bow and arrow cast?) it’s the camaraderie of bonding over a shared interest or for most of us a shared passion.
Congratulating one another on a well-played fish or on a nice hen brought to the net accentuates our fishing experience. Sometimes it’s just the comfort of standing knee deep in a river with a buddy to your left and right, casting in harmony and mending a line in rhythm that can make a trip well worthwhile. It is visceral and comforting.
So thank you to all my friends who have shared some river time with me. May we be blessed enough to continue our meanderings for many years to come.”
– CVFF President, Scott Olson