Wall Street Journal on Fly Fishing's "Brownliners"

March 19, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

It wasn’t too long ago that fly fishing was being infiltrated by “blueliners.” (Did MidCurrent coin that term? I can’t remember.) Bluelining is an escape to the wild, a search for the secret stream, armed only with topo maps and the barest assortment of gear. Now the practice of fishing farm ditches, stagnant creeks and urban canals — in many cases snubbing one’s nose at the lack of seclusion — has earned its own cache, according to Justin Scheck in today’s Wall Street Journal. “Brownliners enjoy fly-fishing’s primary perks — the suspense of watching a fly disappear beneath the water’s surface, the struggle of man against beast, the spinning of fish stories. If that doesn’t come with fresh water and clean air, so be it.” (Thanks to readers Charles Kreitler and Rob Willis for this link.)