This is why you keep old fishing magazines, so on days you contemplate purpose, resurrections and fish at the river, you can find someone who said things better.
“I propose that the final level of the fly-fishing hierarchy is connection – connection to self and to others, connection to the waters we fish, and connection to the moment. Connection is the realization that we are part of a narrative that started well before you or I existed and will continue long after you or I cast our last cast. Like a single piece of a puzzle is necessary to the completion of the entire picture, in some way a seemingly minuscule act like a trout rising to a fly or hooking a steelhead on the swing is not only important to those of us who fly fish, it is an essential part of our lives.”
– Derek Bird, Fly Fusion Magazine Spring 2013