Whilst reading Jeremy Paxman’s book ‘Fish Fishing and the meaning of life’ I stumbled across this quote which I think is, and should be the perfect reason to go fishing.
‘Testament of a Fisherman’ by Robert Traver
“I fish because I love to. Because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly. Because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape. Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion. Because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed, or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility, and endless patience. Because I suspect that men are going this way for the last time and I for one don’t want to waste the trip. Because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters. Because in the woods I can find solitude without loneliness. … And finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant and not nearly so much fun.”
…’an act of small rebellion’ is definitely our favourite line….
If you feel you can relate to this and are keen to take up the sport of Fly-Fishing but have no idea where to begin, or perhaps you already fish and wish to improve your skills or even just to chat with many other like-minded fishermen why not come down to this years Scottish Game Fair held at Scone Palace 29th June – 1st July.
There will be demonstrations by industry leaders including Glenda Powell, Jim Tomlinson, Andrew Toft and of course Scott Mackenzie. Lots of chances to see some of the latest fly-tying materials, try the latest tackle on the market, casting lessons and competitions will be also be running during the weekend.