By: Rick Crawford
Personally, I can’t imagine who I would be, or what my life would be like without fly fishing. What would my life be like if I had never had the opportunity to walk along a river, search for rising trout and match a hatch? What if I didn’t understand entomology, river currents and trout behavior? Would I understand the interconnectivity of snowpack to cold rivers and their impact on trout? Could I have appreciated that, like an aquatic insect whose sole purpose is to emerge, reproduce and fall back to the river that gave it life in the first place; we too are intertwined and have a responsibility to ensure that future generations are able to have similar experiences, and as a result want to give back to the places and communities that helped to shape them.