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I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for almost two years- the home of Robert Traver, the pseudonym of John Voelker, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice. It is a wild and beautiful area on the shores of Lake Superior. Robert Traver wrote several books that captured the spirit of trout, trout fishing and the trout fisherman. I have his essay "Testament of a Fisherman" on the wall of my fly tying room and it constantly reminds me of the reasons why I enjoy fly fishing so much. In several of my presentations, I quote him because he has such a wonderful way of expressing the feelings and the values I find in the the challenge of trout fishing.
This video from the State of Michigan does an excellent job of capturing Robert Traver's feelings about the sport we all enjoy. To quote from this wonderful essay...
"I fish because I love to;.........
finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant - and not nearly so much fun."
You can't say it any better than that!
Testament of a Fisherman