The Good Life



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24 1/2" H x 12" D

I wanted my fly fisherman to be as timeless as I feel the sport is. He is a traditionalist, still fishing with a bamboo rod. Yet he could be one of us who enjoys it today or from the turn of the century.

The title "The Good Life" has a deep meaning in why I choose to fly fish. The following quotation from Robert Traver expresses a lot of the feeling I have tried to put into "The Good Life."

"I fish because I love to: because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly: because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted posturing I thus escape: because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion: because trout do not lie, or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience: because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters: because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness: because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there: because on day I will catch a mermaid: and finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant—and not nearly so much fun."

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