Fishing Through The Crisis

The Complete Fly Fisherman|July/August/September 2020

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Fishing Through The Crisis
Fishing our way out of a depression

It seems pretty obvious what the topic of this issue’s column is going to have to be. Despite how much hand sanitiser you slap all over yourself, masking every other exposed surface and isolating yourself in the chest freezer (which possibly still contains the warm, dismembered remains of your spouse whom you had to murder after six weeks of enforced enjoyment of one another’s company), Covid-19 is everywhere, and it threatens us all in ways which we can hardly yet anticipate. I have already lost one long-planned weekend’s fishing outing because of the plague lockdown. However, I fear that the impact on our sport and all of those who make their living from it will be lengthy and serious.

Let us look past our Government, since this is more than they deserve. Generally, they do not withstand close scrutiny. I do not include the State Pres in all this, since he is at heart a fly fisherman himself, and therefore one of us. He has shown leadership, humility, guidance and sincerity all at the same time. He has been a true leader. Sadly, we cannot say the same for some of his lieutenants who appear to have advanced degrees in irrationality – or perhaps it is more obvious to some why you can buy shoes, but not those with open toes, or you could buy T-shirts, but only for your personal use. If there is logic there, then it escapes me.

Then, of course, there is the ban on booze and tobacco. I understand the logic – booze fuels crime, and victims of crime fill hospital beds. Maybe the same applies to smokers, but the fact of the matter is that the ones who need hospi- talisation have been smoking for 30 years and it’s too late now – they are going to go, one way or the other. Booze = crime = victims in beds? Well yes, there may be some truth in that, but would it not be better to ban motor cars? After all, they kill and maim many more than the victims of booze, and of course, it’s a double whammy – because if the boozers can’t drive their cars, the beds will remain empty, and more people will stay alive.

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