If you read this blog, I assume you must have some interest in fly fishing. So if you have some interest in fly fishing, I can make a definitive recommendation for you to check out Catch Magazine. Many of you will have heard of it, and have seen it already. It is a very popular e-zine in the fly fishing circles, but if you have not subscribed and wondered if it would be worth it, I can say, without hesitation, yes.
Yesterday a new issue (#28 if you are keeping count) hit the web and as always it was an outstanding collection of work. One regular feature in each issue is a video (T-Motion Theatre) by Todd Moen. Todd is an amazing film maker. For myself, a guy that can quickly tire and lose interest in some of the repetitive stuff we often seem to get in the fly fishing film genre, these features are reason enough to subscribe.
This issues video featured the River Avon and River Esk in England. The fly fishing history on some of these rivers looks incredible. My bucket list just got a bit longer. I have long desired to take trips to Patagonia, New Zealand's South Island, or Kamchatka for my dream trout trips but something about the thought of fishing these English Chalk Streams where dry fly fishing was literally invented caused a reshuffling of my dream destination deck. I love the art of the dry fly. And the River Avon seems to hold that to some regard. When I see that a river's regulation not only dictates what type of fishing may take place there (fly fishing only), but the method of fly fishing (Dry Fly only), and finally even the direction of the cast (upstream dry fly fishing only), it's a place after my own heart. It's not about excluding, it's about tradition and history. And fishing in it's purest form. OK that sounds a bit high and mighty, but I can't help it. I just want to go.