I’m occasionally asked why I choose to fly fish over more conventional styles of fishing and my customary response is because it’s more of a challenge.  But is that it?  And what does that mean?

I’m sure most honest fly fishermen will admit that bait dunkers will almost always catch more fish than we flyrodders, not always, but mostly.  The reasons for this are myriad, however it seems obvious that fish will prefer an actual “meal” over an imitation.  Kind of like the difference between a light beer and craft beer.  No comparison………right?

So why fly fish?  The goal is to catch as many fish as you can, isn’t it?  To me there is more to fly fishing than just catching a bucket full of fish.  Let’s call it the intangibles.  The things that attract me to fly fishing are numerous and I find myself sometimes wondering why I do it at all, especially after casting over 1800 times over a three-day trip just to log two fish.

But the draw for me to fly fishing is in the esoteric nature of the sport itself.  There is just something about seeing a trout rise to an imitation of a floating insect and then being able to react to that movement in a split second by raising a rod and hooking up that has no comparison in conventional angling.  Snobbery?  Self-flagellation?  Hubris?  Could be all of the above, but I prefer challenging.


Due to the twisted “logic” of a California court the bumblebee for legal purposes is now considered a fish under the states endangered species act.  It took the court 35 pages to explain its position, but in the end I was neither convinced nor enlightened, only confused. Does this now mean that all insects are fish or only the ones with stingers?

I thought the Founders had established the courts to check the excesses of the political branches, not to rubber stamp them.  Anyway, enough of the politics, but just be careful of fishing a bee pattern your next time out as you could be ticketed for bait fishing.

I hope in this upside down, crazy world you can all find a little time to get away and find the peace and solitude that nature and fishing can provide.  We can all use a little trout therapy right now.