I must say that it is a gorgeous film & thought provoking, to me at least. It's the kind of movie that gets you into thinking about how you got started (or obsessed) with fly fishing & why you're still at it now. So, how did you get knee deep in this fly fishing game?
For me that's an easy question to answer: I had no choice, really. I was going to at least try my hand at it - my family saw to that & I'm so grateful that they did. You see, I grew up in a family where everyone fished - & they fished with fly rods. At certain times of the year we fished every day. We fished a lot.
So as a young kid I was ushered into using a fly rod. Everyday after school in trout season my family & I would be out on a local stream trying to fool some trout. Homework & other chores would be done when we got home - after fishing. It was a great way to grow up. But why did I stick with it? Why have I continued to keep it up all these years later?
I'm not really sure I can answer that question with any words that would give a satisfying answer. I just know that I love to fly fish. Even on the most frustrating days along the stream, where I seem to get tangled in every tree or bush, when all the fish make a fool of me & absolutely nothing seems to go right, I still love fly fishing.
Why do you fly fish? What has kept you going in this sport? One thing I do know, we all seem to get different things out of it. Some of us like that it puts us in nature, some like the escapism that the sport can offer, some enjoy the challenge of it, while others enjoy the comradery with other fly anglers. I do think how you fish might give some hints about why you fly fish, & as far as I can tell, (unless you're harming yourself or others) there is no wrong way to enjoy fly fishing.
As the late singer Jim Croce said, "If you dig it, do it. If you really dig it, do it twice". I think that sentiment applies to fly fishing.
Here, then, is that thought-provoking short film. Enjoy.