Poem: “When You Stop”


When you stop to consider it
(as opposed to just doing it)
the amazing thing about fly-fishing
(at least when you’re using flies that look like flies,
as opposed to flies that look like fish)
is that you’re using flies that look like flies.

What a strange pursuit
you might say
– to catch a trout that’s eating bugs
use a lure that looks like a bug
And, please appreciate, that there are so many different kinds of bugs
that a trout could and will eat
A look at the forward end of my car will demonstrate
the variety and abundance of bugs
found on and alongside the Rio

Moreover, one can, oneself, craft these bug-imitating flies
Known as fly-tying
it’s as arcane as can be
kind of like knitting for men
(and the occasional woman)

Some flies are so small
you need 5X readers to tie them
and how the hell are you going to see them
yards away on the water?

It’s all in the realm of the ridiculously unnecessary
but nonetheless addicting
as the unnecessary so often is.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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