Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Zen of Fly Fishing

I have just returned from a five day fishing trip to Dee Lake Resort in BC (between Kelowna and Vernon). I went with Mike Hogan and his father in law John Cotton - John has been doing this exact same trip for 30 years and his best friend is interred in the lake.

Fly fishing is demanding, physically and mentally. We were on the lake for 7-8 hours a day and casting is a continuous activity - right arm and wrist under pressure to deliver a fly accurately and on line every minute or two. In a typical day, I would make close to 500+ casts. You get in the zone and it becomes a Zen like experience. Powerful. It also takes a lot of concentration and patience. On the last day, for example, we caught three fish between us in the first hour, then zero for the next six hours and then 10 fish in the last thirty to forty minutes, some of them very big.

Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. Basic living - simple cooking, good company, hard work - and a stunning place to be.

Made coming back to complete the basics for the acquisition of the Innovation Expedition seem like a natural and easier thing to do! So its done with my new business partners, Tom and Keith.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bravo for blogging about fly fishing, my true passion as well. I live, work and fly fish in upstate NY. Several wonderful locations to fish. Maily browns and brookies with the occasional rainbow. This time of year is very exciting since the salmon begin to run up the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Tight lines!