Many people have asked me to load the Ode to Trout Fishing, based on Robert Traver's famous words. So here it is:

I fish because I love to:

because I love the places where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the places where crowds of people are found which are invariably ugly
because of all the television reality shows, product launch parties and assorted social posturing that I can escape when fishing
because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is always 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 travelling this way for the last time and I don't want to waste the trip
because, mercifully, there are no 'In Boxes' on trout waters
because only in the wilds can I find solitude without loneliness
because Merlot out of an old ceramicmug always tastes better by the river
and, finally, not because I regard fishing as 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!
with apologies to Robert Traver (read some of his books - they are terrific!)

 

                       Fishing the Little Wanganui River on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand