“Leaping through the rainbow spray, snatching flies the livelong day. Naught to do but live and play” – .R.H. Russell 1902
– To many, fly fishing is Brad Pitt, in a “River Runs Through It” as a skillful fly fisherman without the frills of waders and a thousand pounds of equipment, making beautiful sweeping casts that always located a fat rainbow trout. He clarified his priorities by declaring that there are two things that you cannot be late for – church and fishing! I like to think of his uncomplicated style and keep fly fishing as simple as possible. Fishing with a fly is really an effort to duplicate the insect that the fish is interested in snapping up as a snack and putting it out in the general direction of where the fish is located. After that nature takes its course, which does not necessarily mean that you catch a trout.
There is a delicacy about fly fishing that is different from other styles of fishing, it is not dependent on a motor speeding you from place to place on the lake and it is not dependent on the latest lure that flashes through the water on down riggers. Fishing with the fly is more primitive and rustic. It is standing in a stream and reading some vague signs that are pretty unclear, tying on a fly that you are unsure matches the interest of the fish that you are not sure exists in this particular stretch of river. After a few hours of attempting to match wits with a fish you realize that there has been a great deal of pleasure with the standoff and as you climb from the stream R.H. comes to into mind “naught to do but live and play”.
The Middlebury River is a great place to “live and play” and is free to all visitors of the Waybury Inn.