So You Know How When… Fish Art

So you know how when you are out, and you see a statue or painting of a fish, and you think “oh!”

It doesn’t have to be some specifically fly fishing related artwork, but when you (a fly fisher) see some graphic depiction of fish your attention probably gets grabbed. You could be at an art museum viewing some beautiful oil landscape on canvas, and you’d  notice the little figure of a fisherman painted on the bank. You might even look around, smiling, seeing if there is another guy who got suckered into going to the art museum who is seeing this tiny diamond in the rough.

Fish art is en vogue. Some of the most expensive stuff you can get at fly shops and fishing expos are paintings and carvings. Sometimes they will even cost more than the premier rods! But this isn’t what I’m necessarily talking about.

Be honest: you derive a silly modicum of joy from seeing a fountain with a concrete-cast fish on top of it. You might wonder what species it is (probably koi). You might wonder the hows and whys of its inclusion (probably “just because”). And guess what has happened? You are now pondering art, culture, and stuff that is a whole lot more highfalutin’ then casting a fly to a trout.

But that is why this whole angling thing is about a culture and a quarry. Fish, be they trout, bass, or tarpon, are our thing. Not that they don’t belong to others, but our relationship with them is a particular one. Maybe even special. So when we see them depicted in art, we are left to consider if the artist is one of us or if he or she is riffing on our vibe. Either way, it makes us smile.

Last Cast of the Week, 9/23/2016

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Most Fridays on Casting Across are  devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.

Today, I’m sharing items from Fly Rod & Reel, Moonshine Rod Company, & Pinterest.

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Football or Fly Fishing: 3 Ideas to Help You Decide

Football season has kicked off. The pun, as you may have assumed, was quite intentional. When it comes to being a football fan and an avid fly fisher, intentionality is the name of the game.

With weekends being the prime time to get on the stream, and those precious two days also being the principal slots for scheduling games, choices have to be made. Additionally, fall is the best time for both activities. Sure, one can wait until the doldrums of winter to eschew river time and crash on the couch. But that argument falls apart when you live in the south, have steelhead or salmon nearby, or are tough enough to put on big boy/girl waders and fish when it’s a little chilly out.

Once again, it is about intentionality.

Are there hatches, runs, or seasons that you really want to fish? Don’t let a regular season game between two teams you marginally care about cause you undue stress.

Is there a match up that your heart or fantasy lineup couldn’t bear to miss watching on live TV? Then go fishing that morning or the next day.

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Last Cast of the Week, 9/16/2016

Most Fridays on Casting Across are  devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.

Today, I’m sharing items from World Fly Fishing Championships, Fish Eye Guy Photography, and JOTO.

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Waiter, There’s a Dog in My Stream

I’m not a dog person.

That doesn’t mean that I dislike dogs. I just don’t have one. And if I did, I don’t think I’d be a “dog person.”

You know. Dog bumper stickers. Life Is Good shirts with funny dog situations. Glamor shots at the mall of my dog and me. Dog people stuff.

There are some things that are quite intriguing about certain dog people lifestyles, however. The whole upland hunting scene look quite posh. And who wouldn’t want to read a book in an overstuffed armchair next to a roaring fire while gently patting the head of a golden retriever? Basically I want the image of dog ownership that Orvis is selling.

What I will not do, if I ever come into possession of a dog, is take it fly fishing.

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Fly Fishing Podcasts Worth Listening To, part III

If one’s digital footprint on Google is any indication of their contribution to their respective field, then I’m making an impact in the appreciation of fly fishing podcasts. I’ve given suggestions about what you should be listening to two times. I’ve also talked to some of the major figures in the genre and analysed why this sport is such great subject matter  for the medium. These three pieces have been read and shared a respectable number of times, and hopefully it has lead to people checking out the excellent content that can be streamed at their convenience.

I’d like to offer up a few episodes that I’ve appreciated over the past few months. There is certainly a lot more quality work out there, and I’ve hardly scratched the surface. Definitely go back to the articles linked to above to see what else is worth listening to. But below are episodes from 2 Guys and a River, Anchored with April Vokey, Fly Fishing Consultant Podcast, and Orvis Guide Fly Fishing Podcast that I think you should take some time to check out.

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Last Cast of the Week, 9/9/2016

Most Fridays on Casting Across are  devoted to other people’s contributions in the fly fishing community. Articles, pictures, social media accounts, videos, podcasts, products, and more will be featured on The Last Cast of the Week.

Today, I’m sharing items from 2 Guys and a River, The Fly Rod Shop, & Royal Wulff.

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3 Tips for Fly Fishing Suburbia

The majestic evening flight of the sunfish.
Do you live at the epicenter of some huge developer’s cul-de-sac dream? Are your hopes and aspirations of living like Thoreau flourishing amidst townhouses stretching as far as the eye can see? Is a pond built for the retention of rainwater/sprinkler water/flash flooding as the result of massive grading and paving projects the River Dove to your Izaak Walton?

Fishing in suburbia can be an enriching a rewarding experience. With some creativity, a little self-loathing, and a penchant for sophomoric hijinks, you too can catch fish out of someone’s backyard.

Here are three helpful tips to increase the number of fish you catch, decrease the run-ins with local authorities, and all but eliminate hooking joggers with your backcast.

Fish at Night

Why do you fish? Is it to be in a crowd? I doubt it. Most normal folk enjoy getting into the great out of doors to escape the not-so-great everywhere else.

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The Fish of Your Labors

Ah, Labor Day. A time to eat meat, stop wearing white, and generally avoid contemplating the checkered past of our country when it comes to industry.

For fly fishers, it is the real and present reminder that fall is around the corner. So long, hot days. Adios, leaving the trout (mostly) alone.

For fly fishing writers, it is a chance to not spend too much time in front of the keyboard and  put the better parts of the three major food groups (pork, beef, and pork/beef sausage) on the smoker.

Have a great day, fish if you must, and remember not to spell labor with a “u.”