Great Turnout For Trout Stocking

About 15 LOSTU members and family showed up amid pouring rain and some (very loud) rumbles of thunder.  We stocked about 1,000 pounds of trout, some of them in the 4-5 pound class and we finished in record time – about an hour.  Photos to follow.

After we finished several of us adjourned to the nearby Sierra Nevada brewery for some brews and lunch.  One conversation dealt with how catching a lot of fish isn’t really important  – it’s the total outdoor experience that draws a lot of us to the rivers and streams.  And the discussion reminded me of a short essay by a former Michigan Supreme Court Judge – John Voelker who wrote under the pen name of Robert Traver.  Those of a certain age will remember him as the author of the movie “Anatomy of a Murder” starring Jimmy Stewart and was the screen debut of George C. Scott.  It was entitled “Testament of A Fisherman”

Testament of a Fisherman

I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, 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.

-John Voelker (Robert Traver )

Still true except the part about no telephones on trout waters.  He also wrote a few books on trout fishing, my favorite is Trout Madness.


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