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Jack Kos – Made my day…


For the first time in my academic career reading about fly fishing has proved useful. I came across this excerpt from  whilst studying for my environmental law exam tomorrow:

‘Fishermen are probably more interested in equipment than are the devotees of an other leisure activity, and fishing books are full of endless discussion of flies, lines, rods and leaders. Yet that interest is not at all directed to technological advance leading to increased efficiency in catching fish. Indeed, in one respect, it has exactly the opposite purpose: it is designed to maintain and even to increase the difficulty of success. At the same time, intricacy for its own sake is not sought. The goal is to raise to a maximum the importance of the participant’s understanding, to play the game from the trout’s point of view, so as to draw, as Haig-Brown puts it, upon “imagination, curiosity, bold experiment and intense observation.”‘

In many ways I think it captures the ethos of fly fishing very well. We essentially voluntarily subscribe to an unwritten code of ethics that places restrictions on the techniques we can employ.

 

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

One response

  1. Alistair

    Wouldn’t it make you day if you could reference that in the exam?
    I think it sums up the way most of is endeavor to fish quite well. Once you’ve mastered the basics you move on and start making things harder for yourself through equipment, fly tying and fly choice.

    Good luck tomorrow Jack!!

    October 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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