Listening to the Old Masters
by Les Albjerg
I have spent a good part of the winter reading the Old Masters. Now it is time to follow their advice. Here is how "Fishing With a Worm" by Perry Bliss begins:
"The last ﬁsh I caught was with a worm. —IZAAK WALTON.
A DEFECTIVE logic is the born ﬁsherman’s portion. He is a pattern of inconsistency. He does the things which he ought not to do, and he leaves undone the things which other people think he ought to do. He observes the wind when he should be sowing, and he regards the clouds, with temptation tugging familiarly at his heartstrings, when he might be grasping the useful sickle. It is a wonder that there is so much health in him. A sorrowing political economist remarked to me in early boyhood, as a jolly red-bearded neighbor, followed by an abnormally fat dog, sauntered past us for his nooning: "That man is the best carpenter in town, but he will leave the most important job whenever he wants to go ﬁshing." I stared at the sinful carpenter, who swung along leisurely in the May sunshine, keeping just ahead of his dog. To leave one’s job in order to go ﬁshing! How illogical!"
I should spend the whole day in the shop working on parts for espresso machines and bait boxes for Chris, but it is much too nice out, so I will be following Perry Bliss' advice given above. I am out of here in about two hours!
Spring is beginning - Time to go fishing!
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma