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Fly Punk - Issue 4

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FULL-TIME FLY FISHING

FULL-TIME FLY FISHING ― Anni Yli-Lonttinen― U sing a small black streamer with a hint of green, I cast towards the opposite bank and let the fly swim on a wide curve, trying to wake the morning trout. The fly wheels the top of the river just where the still water surface turns into the ripple of the rapid. I feel a poke on my fly. But the fish is not hooked. A new cast and my heart is beating as the fly approaches the hot spot. I see the trout jump to catch the streamer before I actually feel it tightening the line. “What a morning!” I think when I finally land the fish in my net. Hulahula Fly Fishing First things first. What’s so special about fly fishing? If you are a serious fly-angler. If you have devoted your life to forever perfecting yourself in the art of fly-fishing. A word of warning. You probably don’t agree with me here. But I’ll go ahead and say it anyway. I’ve been thinking for some time, that in many ways fly fishing is so serious. And I’ve been often almost ashamed for my approach. Let’s call it the HULAHULA-flyfishing. It means a simple “just-dive-in” way of looking at fly fishing. It’s not too serious - which means not too competent either. One might think that there is a big inconsistency since three years ago I decided to go full-time with my fly fishing life and started this journey of fly fishing vlogger, fly fishing author and fly fishing entrepreneur at Kajana Club. Considering that, it does feel like my hulahula approach is too childish, or too amateurish. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s actually too girlish? I’m not to say that all ladies are like me, but I do see this more in female anglers than males. That you don’t care too much about the techniques, facts, features and technicalities. You don’t care too much of the correct way of doing things. It’s more about how it feels, is it fun and does it make a nice picture. (Don’t mean to sound too shallow here, but that’s kinda how it is). Now, I always feel a bit bad at this point of the thought process and feel like I should mention how much I respect the pros and experts. Their dedication. Their knowledge and devotion to the art. So yes, let’s get that out of the way. I really admire anyone who devotes their time to learn and perfect a skill. But it’s like there couldn’t be any middle ground? Like that’s the only way? If someone is totally devoted to tennis, and spends years and years training to be the best. Does it mean that someone who just wants to go play a bit on Sundays should feel ashamed? Part of this equation is probably the male competitive mindset. Who’s the toughest player? Who’s the alpha male? So my message to anyone, especially at the beginning of their fly fishing journey is, just get started. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do. Starting fly fishing is not complicated. Don’t get caught in the complex equipment, just get a ready-made set, or borrow a rod. And don’t get discouraged if the casting feels difficult. Everyone has been a first timer. You just need to get started. Otherwise it’s very easy to miss the point. 6 | 7 www.fly-punk.com

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