Fly-fishing needs to become cool. The ladies may be frightened off by the strange accoutrements—who wants to wear waders?—and by the occasional hook to the face when there's a stiff wind blowing. But as I can happily attest, those wounds heal fast. Just push the hook forward to free it from the skin and pull it off quickly like a Band-Aid. A quick tip for novices: The more time your fly is in the water, the more fish you catch. I know. I caught a 20-inch rainbow trout in Chile last month. So save your showy, ineffectual casting.
This is an article from the Feb. 9, 2009 issue