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The future of fly fishing rests in our hands

The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Sunset on the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho (photo: Bob Wick/BLM cc2.0).

Let’s start off with two vital questions. What happened on August 16th, 2022? And will that date go down as the single most important day in the history of fly fishing?


Think back. Did someone land the world record brown trout last August? Invent the perfect fly rod? Design the ideal knot? Create the first unbreakable leader? Publish the ultimate book of fly fishing secrets?

No, it wasn’t any of those things.

The roadhouse

A good roadhouse is a gathering place for people from all walks of life
Photo: Chris Hunt

As I pulled into the parking lot of the little dive bar located on a lonely country road outside the idyllic community of Live Oak, Fla., I was suddenly transported back to my early teens, when one of the most illicit acts for which I was ever punished was sneaking out into the living room late one night and watching the movie “Porky’s” on HBO.