Clapton Hit Rock Bottom Fishing

October 16, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

It’s fairly well known that Eric Clapton is an avid fly fisherman (it has to do with being a perfectionist, he said in a recent interview). In his new book, he writes that fishing was the context for his final awareness that alcohol was ruining his life. “I was drunk, and I had just about managed to get my gear set up when I lost my balance and fell onto one of the new rods, breaking it clean off at the handle. I saw the fishermen look away in embarrassment. That was it for me. The last vestige of my self-respect had been ripped away. Being a good fisherman was the one place where I still had some self-esteem.” In London’s Times Online.
Clapton: The Autobiography on Amazon.