i often get comments to the effect of how passionate about fly casting i can be. just to be word-picky i’d say i’m passionate about sharing my enthusiasm of it with others and this whole casting business is more of an obsession… but ! i think i’ve finally been able to pinpoint how this started and its all thanks to these two lovely people and this happened a long time ago when i was just a little boy.
interestingly enough it doesn’t have much to do with fishing.
first off, Will ‘The Ropin’ Fool’ Rogers.
cowboy trick-dude and line-slinger extraordinair who filled me with awe during those long rainy saturday afternoon rerun stints on channel 20. my fondest and most concrete memory being Will sitting at a table, seeing a mouse peep its head through the mouse hole, grabbing a string-like rope, tying the noose and catching the little mouse in what all seemed like one smooth and expertly executed motion. awesome !
i haven’t been able to find the exact film clip to share with you (if my memory of this is indeed correct) but the one below is pretty darn close.
as i grew older my focus on cowboys shifted a little as these things tend to do during adolescence but the lasso was still there.
enter Linda Carter and her mighty Lasso of Truth !
finally, there’s something about a line flying through the air that’s just, well… incomparable to anything else.
even if there isn’t any mention of lassos you’ll find a semi-comprehensive and passionate compendium of fly casting related articles HERE. enjoy !