People ask me, “What is it about fly fishing you enjoy so much?” I try to answer them with different versions of how it is relaxing, challenging, rewarding, etc. Just recently someone asked me what it is about trout, in particular, that makes me go crazy. While talking with a brother, who I fish with when I can, he put it pretty simply. He said the reason he loves to fish for trout is because of where trout live. He’s right. Trout generally live in beautiful places and I absolutely love being in their home.
I found this video on the Orvis Fly Fishing Blog and it is an elegant explanation of what makes a fly fisherman tick. No Zen, no spirituality. Just an honest, well crafted narrative on a pastime I love so much.