Read the two quotes below: one is from the world's third richest man, the other from a world renowned fly fisherman. See any similarities?
"Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you."
"The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?"
- Lee Wulff
In very different ways both men speak to a desire for compassion. One for those near to us the other for those whom we may never know.
One of the most wonderful, but unsung, ways in which fly fishing and conservation overlap is through compassion that reaches far beyond our longest cast. Conservation is an inter-generational compassion that is both a labor and a gift of love... from ourselves to those we hope to know before we die, and forever beyond.
Just like the play of a tree's shadow on the stream, the myriad ways our world overlaps is often imperceptible at first glance, but with time and deeper inspection reveals a previously unrecognized connection. Similarly, a dimple in shadowed water tells us of the gentle disappearance of a mayfly, giving away the trout that previously we could only hope held in the darkened water. With a little compassion, conservation will ensure that those who follow in our footsteps will have an opportunity to make the same discovery.
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Cheers & tight lines,