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The Cast & The Fish

By Silja Longhurst

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People love putting you into categories. Even in our small world of fly fishing, people put you into categories, and there are many; the “catch & cook” flyfisher, the “catch & release” flyfisher, the “trout bum”, the “traditionalist”, the “single handed” and the “two handed” flyfisher, the “competition flyfisher” and the “competition fly caster”, etc., etc., etc.

But hang on, competition fly casters are not fly fishers. At least that is a comment I hear ever so often. Competing on a platform or on a grass field has nothing to do with the notion of standing somewhere in nature – in the water watching the beauty of a rising fish and have a cast at the fellow – or has it?