Robert Traver in his Testament to a Flyfisherman, wrote, “I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and I hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercial, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once and endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion …. Because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one won’t waste the trip; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always taste better out there..”
I think that from what RT says, we might have gotten on quite well. Somehow out in those places in search of wild trout, far from the hustle and bustle of the city with its crowds, noise, grime, pollution and materialism, I find peace and solitude, I too am never lonely. Places where despite the natural world’s diversity and complexity, life takes on a refreshing simplicity – there is no urgency, no deadlines, no pressures brought by of the dictates of the immediacy of today’s cyber age that rules so much of our daily lives.
It is in these places where I’m at my happiest – fishing small mountain streams. It is here that I find the quiet and solitude I seek. Over the years there has always been an insatiable hunger for more knowledge. It has led to a better understanding and skill, from the early fumbling attempts at casting and presentation, to fooling even the most difficult wild trout. My passion for small stream flyfishing in these natural environments now seems such a natural logical progression. It doesn’t end there and part of growth is learning to assimilate, to modify and to adapt – it’s a never-ending process.
I now raise a tin cup of the good stuff to Robert Traver.
Picture thanks to ‘Seun’ Talaard aka Piet, ‘Scaley Oke’, ‘the Guru’ and ‘Houtkop’!
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