Fly Fishing's Long Apprenticeship

December 31, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Jerome Cramer’s 1989 Time magazine article on the intricacies and oddities of fly fishing is still one of my favorites, if only because of his description of the process that turns curiosity into addiction: “If the fly-fisherman is lucky, the passion becomes manageable, second nature, like tying knots in the dark or reading a deep green pool by an undercut bank and knowing where the trout are holding and which fly to use. But having gone through the novitiate, fly-fishermen are never the same again.”