Posted on March 25 2008
Gordon Wickstrom asks which are more essential in fly fishing: lyrical (feminine) or epic (masculine) skills? Perhaps if you are a steelheader, the epic wins, but for dry flies, finesse takes the prize. “That doyen of American fly-fishing, Sparse Grey Hackle, insisted that women are better equipped physically for fly-fishing. They have a finer sense of the delicacy needed, especially in dry fly-fishing. They are apt to be more skillful in approaching a fish, and then to cast more delicately to it.”
Just a couple of weeks ago Wickstrom wrote the first part of this essay on women and water.