I have fallen in love with fly-fishing. My love is pure and mysterious although not unique. I am driven by a need to learn everything I can about fly-fishing and determined to spend as many hours as I can outside on rivers, or mountain streams or lakes.
In one’s lifelong search for meaning and connection, I have, like many others before me, discovered a symbiotic relationship with fly-fishing. As famous angler, Joan Wulff, stated in her essay in Sacred Trusts, “The woods and waters of the outdoors became my church, a place where I could examine my thoughts and feel I was connected to all living things. This feeling is especially strong when, with rod in hand, I am wading a river for trout or salmon…where everything makes sense, where there is nothing but truth. There will be no disenchantment with this church.”
My mission was inspired by a book, 365 Days of Pikes Peak – A Journey, that I discovered at the library in Woodland Park, CO. Yes, there are 365 days of photographs of Pikes Peak that tell the story of that incredible mountain during one year. I loved the idea of devoting oneself for a year to such a project but knew that I could not possibly visit 365 rivers in a year! So, how about a river a week – 52 Rivers?
In the end it’s about sky, earth, water, thoughtfulness, truth, serenity. That’s what I am really after. “It is you and clean, flowing water. It is you, inquisitive, in a wild world that is older than man, seeking greater understanding and finding not only an endless interest but a tranquility that comes, most of the time, to all nature’s wild creatures…” Lee Wulff