Poems about fly fishing and its surrounds…
As a passionate pastime of mine it seems (and I believe) that very little has been captured in poetry in South Africa regarding fly fishing. Traditionally fly fishing is more than catching fish. It connects on another level – a more esoteric, spiritual level. Much has been documented about the ability of waters to haunt, about being taken over, possessed by the art and science of fly fishing. It gives you an opportunity to stall, pause, take a deep breath in the overpowering crush of life, an opportunity to simplify and illuminate the inner self. It asks that you hand over to another power, it requires courage to stand at the water’s edge and confront your life; fly fishing is able to give your life back and it is able to be another world out from under the willows, where the summer breeze finds you.
Fly fishing is a unique avocation. It is intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying. You have a choice of occupying various levels of dedication or indulgence and remaining there, or you can climb to new heights according to the depth and width of your personal involvement. There are those who’s with zeal and curiosity will lead them further and further afield in an effort to penetrate the murky gloom that obscures many aspects of fly fishing, to dredge up bits of knowledge and to pry loose a few of the delicious secrets reluctantly yielded by a begrudging nature. Is poetry the fly fishing nirvana?
Is there a behavioural relationship between words and water? Water runs over rocks, goes around rocks, adapts to the river bed and moves as fast or as slow as the lie of the land. Sometimes it stalls by turning into a lake until the depression is filled, then it continues on its way – a journey. Words rise from the basement of the soul through feelings, not forgetting that their end lies in the ocean of a message, sooner or later arriving there. The fly fishing experience lends itself fittingly to capturing it in the form of poetry and prose. Of course it is paramount to link the practicalities of fishing to life’s experiences. This should connect the reader to the words and their collective meaning in such a way that they will be able to identify with what is on the page, on levels that they choose to.