From Ignorant Beginner to Perfect Artist

When it comes to fly fishing, the transformation from beginner to artist is something many of us long for, something that we would all undoubtedly enjoy. Especially so if achieving artist status requires nothing more than “short, plain, easy instructions and a little time”. The Gentleman Angler, an English text published in 1726 (see my previous post) promises to deliver us just such a transformation. Whether the book delivers or not—I’ll leave readers to decide that for themselves—I’m rather struck by the author’s brash confidence and optimism. Then again, maybe not. He’s a fisherman. A fisherman writing to other fishermen.