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February 2016 - Volume 24 Number 3
The Skwala Stonefly
A pattern for imitating one of California's winter hatches.
By Andy Guibord
The Pit River Puzzle
More water in the Pit means more fish, but you need to find them.
By Chip O'Brien
Fishing Locally, Thinking Globally
The value of regional innovations in fly fishing.
By Capt. Hogan Brown
The Synthetic Clouser
Synthetic materials can make big flies easier to cast and sink.
By A. Steve Cali
The Greenie
Natural materials can help big flies hold their shape.
By Steven Bird
Spey Simplified (Or Not)
Trying to figure out the complex world of Spey fishing.
By Jim Zech
Risking Frostbite
Know the symptoms to protect your body.
By Michael Malekos
Snapshot: San Mateo County Steelhead
Coastal options in an urban region.
By Michael Malekos
If Not Now, When?
Do it while you can still walk...and cast.
By Phil Morris
The California Fly Fisher 2015 Index of Articles
Including a list of waters discussed by county.
By Raffi Boloyan

Click here for Doug Lovell's
February 2010 Good Fight article

Click here for Drew Braugh's
March 2011 Good Fight article about the Fall River - page 1 / page 2

Entering, Not Escaping

Surely, many of us view fishing, and fly fishing in particular, as a way to escape, however briefly, the demands and stresses placed upon us by the workaday world. It’s such a common belief as to have become a cliché of our sport.

Within that cliché, however, is a sliver of profundity. It’s not simply that we leave our problems behind when we’re on the water — those problems do not vanish. They still await resolution. It’s that the act of angling takes us literally to a different place that allows us to change perspective. Another cliché of our sport, after all, is that our problems seem smaller upon returning from a fishing trip.

When fishing, moreover, we can also gain perspective. Consider: as we cast, we immerse ourselves in a world of water and wind, dirt and blood, a world far older and more elemental than our constructs of steel and concrete, a world that represents the irreducible foundation of our lives. If we are receptive, we benefit from this experience, and we take that knowledge, that empathy, back to our homes, our workplaces, our relationships.

Perhaps, then, we’re not escaping when we fish, but instead entering. And perhaps over the years, the little epiphanies that result, whether they’re unconscious or fully recognized, add up to something significant, maybe even lead to wisdom.

Richard Anderson

Publisher and Editor

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