Literary Angler – Joys of a New Fisherman

Grandson Cal with his first McKenzie Rainbow

Editor’s Note: My eldest grandson and I enjoyed a half day fishing the McKenzie the end of July. It was his first guided fly fishing trip and he had many opportunities and a few successes on dry flies. Thanks to Ryan Helfrich for his kind and expert fishing guidance. The experience was fun and inspiring. LKH


“Take a kid fishing. You’ll capture their imagination.”

Max Hawthorne, Kronos Rising.


“Young anglers love new rivers the way they love the rest of their lives.”

Thomas McGuane, “Midstream,” An Outside Chance


“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of something that is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”

John Buchan (1875-1940)


“There don’t have to be a thousand fish in a river; let me locate a good one and I’ll get a thousand dreams out of him before I catch him — and, if I catch him, I’ll turn him loose.”

Jim Deren, Proprietor, Angler’s Roost


“For me in that moment every swift-curling channel, every bubbling eddy behind a stone, every dark pool under overhanging matted roots, harbored a great, lurking, wolf-headed trout.”

Zane Grey, A Trout Fisherman’s Inferno


“Fly finds soft landing

Flash, swirl, rise with mouth agape

Tight line, sweet success”

Lisa Hansen, Haiku for Cal, August 2021

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Doug Lynch Adams