Whether you've realized it or not, fly fishing is definitely an athletic sport. No, it's not a bruising contact sport (unless you're fighting sharks, tarpon or billfish), but we all need to accept that it is not necessarily 100% A River Runs Through It or completely safe from injuries. In fact, statistics show that fly fishing is 100 times more dangerous than golf, and equally as dangerous as mountain climbing or hunting. The adventure factor of our sport is one of the tantalizing things that draws the wild at heart to fly angling. We enjoy the thrill of being a successfully deceptive scam artist in order to hook, land, and look our prey in the eye, unashamed, with delight and even a little smug in its capture.
Photo by Dan Blanton