One (Partial) Advantage of Growing Old

June 27, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Nelson Bryant has the ability to inject New Yorker magazine-style narrative into The New York Times. Here he fly fishes Little Salmon Stream Lake in Maine for white and yellow perch, bluegill, smallmouth bass and pickerel. “The late Lee Wulff, a close friend and internationally known fly fisherman, was in his early 80’s when he told me of his belief that black flies, midges and mosquitoes had difficulty penetrating aging skin. This may be true with the first two species, but the mosquitoes that dined on a person of similar age at Salmon Stream gained gratification immediately after landing.”