Fly fishing means different things to different people, and it can be different things to the same person at different times in life. It can be anything from a trifling past time to a religion. For me, now, it as much a perspective, a philosophy, and a way of seeing things as it is a way to catch fish. This is especially true about saltwater fly fishing.
The catching is still central however, and it should never to be discounted. It is the catching that saves fly fishing from becoming a completely symbolic endeavor. The reality of a fish, alive in your hands before you release it, protects fly fishing from becoming abstracted into just another metaphysical platform which supports yet another philosophical inquiry into the meaning of it all.
Whatever fly fishing becomes for you, it will continue to flow and change like the oceans, the tides, and the rivers that support it. You will eventually decide whether it is more like the entrance to a carnival or to a cathedral.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"The Last Fifty Feet is a perfectly delightful account, in clear, vivid prose, of the author's growing passion for saltwater fly fishing. Amusing, unusual, and genuinely exciting, Bill Lambot takes us with him as he catches a first bonefish, then pursues barracuda, permit, mackerel, and the great tarpon. This is a genial memoir any fly fisher will enjoy."
-- Nick Lyons, Author of Spring Creek and founder of The Lyons Press "One can feel the heat, smell the salt and join in the excitement of the take as Lambot's love of the chase washes over almost every page. A 'two fish' effort."
-- Hoagy B. Carmichael, Angling historian and author of 8 by Carmichael