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Darryl Rigets

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I just finished reading A Primer of Fly Fishing for the, actually I am not sure how many times I have read it, more than a few, but every time I do I think to myself that it should be a required reading for anyone who fishes.

A Primer of Fly fishing; Ethics and Aesthetics, page 183, last paragraph:

" Fishing is a sport and a relaxation because it offers a man the ideal means of self-realization through close and peaceful identification with his surroundings. Awareness is an important part of this, and so is understanding. Any fisherman needs to concentrate, a fly-fisherman perhaps more than most. But there is always time to forget rod and line and fly and look at other things. It is time well spent, if understanding grows. Every bird and mammal, every insect and weed and tree that can be recognized and named is something added to a man's stature. Every link between them, every change of stream bed or flow, every little thing observed and understood adds to the self-realization, emphasizes the fisherman's identification with his special world. A large part of a fisherman's pleasure should be in these things. In making it so, he will make himself a better fisherman, even though he may kill fewer fish. "
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Hence the saying "catching fish is just icing on the cake".
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Yes!
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Thanks for passing that along, Darryl.. I get much pleasure from reading Haig-Brown, as well. That is one title oh his I've missed and will do something about that.
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Poppy Cummins

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A lot of people simply don't get it. A lot of tackle manufacturer's advertising departments don't get it either.
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Amen to all of the above.  There is nothing about fishing that requires you to catch fish.  Some of my best trips have happened when I didn't even wet a line.  But, a good thug now and again is what keeps me, and likely most of us, coming back.  
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I'm with Poppy on this one some of the manufacturers just don't understand the true meaning. People that I know always ask me after getting back from a trip how many did you catch? I got skunked but had a great time, they just stare at me confused thinking I must be out of my mind!

This is such a beautiful sport!

KC
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I agree with this. What I don't like explaining is why I let them go. It's a chance to get away and to think about life .
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