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"Albies at the Rip." Oil Painted Portrait of a Fly Fishing Catch on 24"x36" Canvas by Juliane Porter. Click for better, larger view.
Fly fishing is my husband’s practice; art is mine. For each of us, it’s a losing of the self within life’s rhythm. And though life is not a work of art and the moments cannot last forever, the fly fisherman’s line dances, catching fleeting glimpses into the elusive mystery of the sea just as the artist’s brush captures moments eternally in paint. And we realize the ebb and flow of all that is around us. One. Infinite. Beauty.
I took the opportunity to sit down with my husband, a dedicated fly fisherman, after capturing, eternally in oil paint, the moment in this painting. Please enjoy his insider's view into the Art of Fly Fishing as well as a few recommendations for three fantastic locations we’ve visited...
~What is the practice of fly fishing to you? Everything. It’s serene. And it can also be very exciting and cathartic.
~Interesting. May I ask in what way it is cathartic? It’s calming. You just relax. Your problems don’t seem very big, if you do have problems. It’s relaxing, reenergizing. Meditative.
~What brought you to fly fishing in the first place? I wanted to expand my love for the water and the outdoors and my passion for game-fishing which I’ve been doing since I was a young boy.
~What brought you to fishing as a young boy? Putting a line out there into this dark space where you couldn’t see, and the chance that something was going to tug on it from another world.
~Many people are familiar with fly fishing in fresh water streams. However, you love fly fishing not only in streams, but also surf fishing along ocean beaches, from your sea kayak and even in salt water estuaries. How do all these options impact your experience of the sport? These infinite options make it a bigger challenge; always having to stay in tune with infinite variables such as wind, tides, migratory patterns, weather conditions… It means you need to be in tune with what’s going on in nature.
~What are some impressive places you’ve fly fished recently along the East Coast? Fishing the Narragansett Bay while staying at The Inn of Castle Hill. Fly fishing around Nantucket while staying at The Wauwinet. Fly Fishing Montauk while staying at The 1770 House in East Hampton.
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