There is no better smell than pine trees. They have a distinct scent that is both calming and exciting. The scent of pines is a soothing one, but it also smacks of a wilder time, a wilder place.
Everyone knows that real fishermen wear Smi’s gear. You aren’t a real fisherman until you’re a fly fisherman, and you aren’t a real fly fisherman until you have all the right gear.
I have learned to learn from failure. All my years outdoors has allowed me some wonderful, intense — at times dangerous — and beautiful experiences.
Illustration by Davis Connelley
There is an art to bait fishing: the art of patience and the art of relaxing. It is not just the ability but the desire to sit by a river and listen to the water, the ducks and the pika.