Photo courtesy of Myers Reece and Hatch Magazine.
We all have memories of past fishing experiences, those trips into the woods or down the street to the city park pond are never forgotten. Myers Reece’s recent piece in Hatch Magazine stirred old memories … and then I got to the end, and I was hearbroken. The little cutthroat stream he fished as a kid is all but gone thanks to drought and “progress.” When I was a kid in East Texas, my buddies and I would sneak down the railroad tracks and fish a great bass pond situated out behind an old abandoned mansion the locals called the Hobo Barn. I went back a few years ago to check it out. The mansion had been leveled, and the pond was just a low spot in the yard, overgrown with vines and weeds. Heartbreaking.
Here’s what else is happening in the fly fishing world these days:
- Speaking of Hatch, this piece by Yours Truly hopefully outlines one of the foundational issues behind the effort to transfer and sell public lands. When was the last time you asked your representatives in D.C. to adquately fund the Forest Service or the BLM? Now’s a good time.
- It’s hard to believe, but the Fly Fishing Film Tour is a dozen years old this year. And it’s premiere show is coming this weekend in Bozeman. If you’re close, don’t miss it.
- I’m a huge Colorado Rockies fan. It’s the home team, if you will, for the Mountain Time Zone. And to see two of my favorite ball players fly fishing? Well, that’s just awesome.
- Think fly-fishing technology has come a long way? Here’s a reminder of just how far.
- Top Chef star Gail Simmons’ perfect antidote to long days filming on a sound stage or in a restaurant? Fly fishing, of course. See the video above.
And, finally, your moment of fly fishing Zen:
Photo courtesy of Abaco Lodge and Adam Barker Photography.