Throwing Rocks

June 30, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

One of my favorite notions—especially when shoulder-to-shoulder with “experts”—is that all fishing (and therefore fly fishing) started with throwing rocks.  On the other hand, while raising my own kids, I had to be in a very charitable mood to watch a child blast perfectly good fishing water with pebbles.

Bill Barker tells the story of taking his grandson fishing, and after reminding us that the impulse to throw rocks is where it starts and where free choice begins, the real secret to teaching is unqualified love.