by Erin Block via MidCurrent
It’s about tying nice flies…
but maybe s’more than fly tying, it’s about love.
the love of doing something oneself, of giving it ‘that special touch’, of adding a bit of your personality; what some may refer to as ‘soul’ to everything you do to make every moment, your moment. of not doing good but of doing nice.
personally, i’ll add an extra layer of chocolate to my S’mores so the marshmallow goo is completely surrounded by the good stuff. after the tenth or so i might keep the same inner configuration and work on the crust volume by adding another layer of chocolate on top (and bottom) of each cracker and then add another cracker top and bottom as crust.
a sandwich within a sandwich…
’nuff said. here’s Erin’s top cracker-
“Once upon a time, in a world not as very far away as we like to think, we had to tie our own flies. Just like we had to grow our own food and build our own homes. And we did these things, and they were hardy and served us well. There was no online ordering, no fly shop bin of options, no grocery store or butcher. You did it yourself because you had to. And sometimes life still requires of us that we take up the slack and drive like we know where we’re going—there will be time for looking at the map when you’re lost. As I often feel, discouraged, sitting at my tying desk.”
and here’s the bottom one-
“One of the things that sticks with me is not the catching, not the fish. Rather, it’s watching a new fly tied the night before swim lucidly through a backcountry lake, never ceasing to make me feel like a kid again, surprised by the fact that it works. Casting out I do it again, but only for myself, not for the trout. Because it’s not about not half-assing it. It’s about tying nice flies.”
if you liked the crunchy parts, click either pick for the soft, delicious, creamy filling.
-Reflections on Fly Rods, Canyons and Bamboo-
what a nice treat and just in time for the holidays ! one of my all time favorite fly fishing writers, Erin Block the woman behind the awesome Mysteries Internal blog has just finished what i’m more than certain will be by judging her wonderful writing, a milestone in fly fishing literature.
if you’re not familiar with Erin’s world, click the link above and you’ll see what i mean. magical…
“The View from Coal Creek is a reflection on fly rods, fishing, and life seen from the vantage of a canyon in Colorado, but these are props in a larger story about life, love, and tradition. Erin Block is a young, powerful voice carrying the torch and passing on lessons, values, and history of this great, literary and vibrant sport.”
available in just a few weeks, click the pic to pre-order yours from Whitefish Press at a special price as soon as possible as i’m sure they’ll go fast.
from Jeff Kennedy and Jason Borger’s continued series Drawing Fish and Flies 52, here’s two fantastic drawings that caught my eye, tasty treats for the eyes to start off what’s going to be an awesome week !
– Jason’s bluegill
and Jeff’s Adams
by Erin Block
what a hard task it would be to pick a favorite among Erin’s writings. each one creative, sensitive and oft darn-right beautiful, her words couldn’t come at a better time in the world of fly fishing literature.
here’a a little snippet of one that particularly touched me.
” I watched, as a wild wallflower.
His left hand pulled….up…..down….up….down — in time with his right arm’s back, forward…..back…..forward. A perfect 4/4. Like a metronome. I started tapping my foot. I stepped behind him, onto an old abandoned road. I looked into him as a mirror, and saw myself. “
click here for the rest and be sure to stay and discover other stories on her wonderfully haunting blog, Mysteries Internal.
by Erin Block
“Fly fishing has a heritage of a fairly caught fish, and I want to be a bearer of this – even, if sometimes it is a burden and even, if it sometimes means long stretches of fishless days. I suppose my Midwestern Protestant upbringing understands and feels right at home with this, with the weight of expectation in action upon my shoulders — that there are things you just don’t do, out of principle and also, tradition. Sometimes the answer, “it’s just not right,” needs no explanation.”
Ethics: oh boy, that’s a big one. that nasty word that generates so much love and hate, personal opinions of right and wrong all the while separating instead of reuniting. if you break it down, it’s a matter of faith, what one believes but maybe mostly what one wants to believe.
please take the time to read Erin’s article and the ongoing replies as this concerns all of us as fishers regardless of laws and regulations. there’s a lot of food for thought mixed in with ‘fodder for a bad fire’ as my grandmother used to say.