It has been said that the world can be divided into two camps: those who love fly fishing, and those who haven’t tried it yet.
It’s an enjoyable, challenging sport, which lures people in from all walks of life and gets them hooked. There are magic moments to be had, that only a fly fisherman would understand.
The beautiful silence
Author Izaak Walton called fly fishing “the contemplative man’s recreation”. When you’re out there alone with your fly fishing rod, watching the evening mist creep over the river, well it’s only natural to feel contemplative.
The beautiful silence is about the seclusion and beauty of nature fusing with the calm, focused mind of the fly fisherman. Simply peaceful is the best way to describe it.
The sound of a can of beer being opened can sometimes break the beautiful silence, but only for a few seconds.
Lost in the challenge
Every river and location presents a new challenge. The fly fisherman must find the correct approach and have patience in order to have success.
It can be utterly engrossing when your mind is completely focused on the challenge. How strong is that wind? Where’s the fish holding? Am I using the right fly? What’s the depth of the fly?
Half an hour speeds by, one hour, two hours and you are lost in the challenge — engaged and involved with the hunt.
Maybe you win, maybe not, either way – every fish is a new lesson.
Every fly fisherman has a favourite spot. Whether it’s the landscape, the location or the fish on offer, it’s mightily comforting to spend a lot of time in one’s own spot. A home from home if you like.
But sometimes you hear of a new spot to explore. Packing up your fishing vehicle with bivvy, fishing gear and refreshments and setting off to a new location can feel most exhilarating.
And it will most likely be a stunning spot too as fly-fishing takes you to some of the most beautiful places one can imagine.
Connecting to nature
You don’t have to be a tree hugger to appreciate how rewarding it is to feel connected to nature.
Fly-fishing provides a wonderful excuse to experience some truly stunning, Zen-like moments and gets you close to the core of what it is to be human.
Watching birds fly past the sunset whilst you’re waist high in water, allowing a curious dragonfly to land on your fly-fishing rod, spotting a deer come down to the river for a drink as the morning mist circles around you — fly fishing puts you at one with nature.
For many — especially beginners who are keen for instant results, the success of a fly-fishing session is measured by what is caught.
Even those that say they prefer the game and the process rather than the catch, still require that magic bite from the fish to confirm their ability.
After you’ve invested a lot of time, skill and practice nothing beats the feeling when you see that fly dip and feel a tug.
The sheer joy of landing a fish has to be the most magical moment of all.