Women and Fly Fishing: Venus in Waders

March 10, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

“There’s something particularly feminine about fishing. It has something to do with water — that elemental association of the female with water. I think of Venus rising from the foam in Botticelli’s famous painting. Women own the water, and make us out of it. There is, in Radcliffe’s great history of ancient angling, a lovely Classical and sumptuously naked Venus sitting next to a stream, her rod nicely bent to a fish.” Gordon Wickstrom draws parallels between water nymphs and life cycles in Boulder, Colorado Daily Camera.