Jim Harrison on Fly Fishing

Written by Roger Hoover

Jim Harrison, literary wildman, wrote this wonderful article about fly fishing and aging for Midcurrent.

“You can easily minimize a sport by coming at it with too sharp an angle in the manner of a technocrat. Fishing, however, is a slow grower. You start in your youth and slowly progress to the full meaning of what you experience. Day after day your memories accrete and the fish gather and seem to own their splendor. You are living in the background movie of their lives. Since they exist comfortably within their habitat, you return to the river and think how naturally the river is also your metaphor. Who is good at fishing and who not so good doesn’t generate a proper metaphor.” – Jim Harrison