For the fishing writer, attempting to illustrate in words what draws us to the water can be extremely challenging. Sure, anyone can quote passages from Traver, Walton, or Thoreau, but describing what fishing truly means to you can be tough.
Rapids Camp Guide, Chad Kulfan, recently provided us with this poetic account of what the river means to him. We thought it painted a pretty good picture of what fishing means to us as well, and think you’ll relate too.
For a Lifetime
The river calls us. It is a sound heard by many but only listened to by a few. We follow the twists and turns, its ups and down; not because we have to but because we want to. You may hear noise that washes everything else out, but we hear the beautiful gurgle that brings everything else into place. It is a place where we feel at home, a place that many of us will call home. A scene that is never twice the same, but will always bring back memories years down the road. Some call us crazy, insane, maybe even obsessive; but we call it passionate. A passion for all the riffles, the holes, the gravel bars, and the creatures that live and flow between its two banks. Nights are prolonged from dreaming of this place. The river calls us. We are fisherman and we will do this for a lifetime.