Category: my favorite things

What is it that pulls at us?

I think my soul knows, but my conscious mind only has hints of what it really is.

I say it’s the adrenaline of the moment, it’s the environment, it’s the ambiance or the camaraderie… but that isn’t what I SEE when I look at an image of the sport in action.

The image speaks to me on so many levels. It nearly brings tears to my eyes before I want to laugh at the joy I know is behind that unintentional and seemingly cocky fisherman’s smirk.

I know this man’s pride of showing the catch and the growing remorse, helpless to delay the fleeting unity, squeezing every drop of pleasure from this climactic moment, and the eye’s fading memory of the escaping creature returned to the waters is like the shadow of the sun through a closed eyelid.

In that funny hat is this fisherman’s indifference to fashion and preference for function.

In those sturdy stiffening fingers is resilience and measured tenderness.

I see shoulders that bore a life of trials bolstered by faith and rationed with conformity. A tough stubborn jaw that is resolute and held the foundations firm.

I realize the common thread in the images of fishing I enjoy isn’t the fish caught or the fisherman’s posture extending a prize before the envious, but rather it is the water. Its form and color. Its depth and breadth. It too has limitations, but never ceases to crash against the rocks that restrict its freedom. It holds treasures within and always calls to those that have a least one of the five scenes.

I fish because the water calls me and because I have been one with it, and will so again. I hope.

A human life, as beautiful as it is, must be lived isolated and with division from everything around it, in a constant effort to connect; to be one with something, anything, everything, and just be.. for a moment. To stay in that moment, until unity flees to the depths at its first opportunity.

For me and for many, Fishing is a path to the cipher of life’s mystery, giving us only pieces of the code each time we cast our lines to discover… what the waters hold.

“Tied with pride, fished with attitude”, the new edition “Issuu 5” of Baltic Pike Flies is out and exceeding my expectations. I’m proud to say I’ve had the pleasure of using these flies, and can tell you that they look and move as good in the water, as they do on your computer screen. In his own words…

Baltic pike flies Issue 5 has been a while in the making but I finished it last night. When you do something like this you suddenly realise how much time and effort must go in to producing quality productions like “This is fly”, “Catch Magazine”, SID, Bloodknot to name but a few. Anyway I hope you all enjoy it. Best viewed in full screen mode.

– Simon Graham

Simon has outdone himself once again!!

Baltic Pike Flies

Issuu 5

Baltic Pike Flies: Issuu 5

In July of this year I spent an unforgettable week on Eagle Lake with 32 fishermen during our traditional family and friends Canadian fishing trip. I’ve been going since I was 7 years old. This year was the first time it became my responsibility to coordinate the trip. Not a small task, but worth the effort. I’m working on a longer write-up of the trip to share, but I wanted to give everyone a heads-up. There were many more friends and family who couldn’t attend who I know will enjoy hearing more about the fishing, card playing, shenanigans, antics, accommodations, and fun.

We caught plenty of Northern Pike, Walleye and even some Musky. It really took some skill and knowledge to find the fish this year due to a few conditions I’ll explain in the next article about the trip. Thank goodness we had some skilled fishermen on the trip, and also, thank goodness for Peg and Bob at Temple Bay Lodge. They run a great outfit and are really wonderful people.

One of the best moments of fishing is when you can see the joy it brings to young ones. It’s a great confidence builder for kids, a time to share thoughts and values; and help the “grown-ups” keep life in perspective… Like judging that catch by the size of the smile.

This week’s POW features Joey and his special catch from last week off the pier on Canandaigua Lake.

Joey in Cdga

Congratulations Joey!!

BPF #4

Simon has done it again and just released a new online catalog of his fantastic flies “tied with pride, fished with attitude”.

Way to go Simon!

Baltic Pike Flies

Issue 4

Baltic Pike Flies: Issue 4

Die-hard fishermen, like baseball players or golfers, usually have their own ritual which becomes part of their recipe for success on the water. And then of course if that fails, there is always the “fish story”.

Lord, give me grace to catch a fish

So big that even I

When talking of it afterward

May have no need to lie.

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