Waters & words : a celebration of flyfishing

Coffee and quotes


My hiking buddy said I would burn my eyebrows off with this thing.

I bought it anyway. 

Turns out he wasn’t far off the mark. There was this little incident last year, you see. But enough about that.

It’s a fantastic little thing, and it requires finess and skill to make it really hum. Not like one of those little gas cannister things that you just switch on and light.  You would have to read Pirsig to understand.

This photo was taken in that little sheltered spot under the Nchi shi bushes at Highmoor. It is the perfect spot to shelter from the wind, and brew up a good filter coffee, especially after several hours out there in the elements. On the day I took this picture, I didn’t land a fish in 9 hours of fishing. It was wonderful.

The quote, in the vein of things Zen-like, is tucked away in Ed Engle’s 2010 [largely technical]  book “Trout Lessons”, in a delightful and informative chapter on Meadow Streams:

“I keep everything simple on purpose because what I enjoy the most is covering the water and reaching that wonderful meditative state that comes with walking, casting, and occasionally catching.

Ed Engle

4 responses

  1. Now, now Savs….too many extra curricula obsessions and my day job will suffer!

    October 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

  2. Hugh Paterson

    Hey Andrew, I read Zen but not yet his second book. Perhaps it’s time. I know this spot exactly

    October 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • Ah….I didn’t know there was a second one! Enlighten me please….

      October 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

  3. You read Pirsig. Excellent. We’ll get along just fine. Now we need to get you a bike.

    October 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm

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