Mako fly fishing : never mind the teeth, savour the margin of error

No sooner do I review a book on fly fishing for pike (see our next issue, out late July) and get all excited at the thought of fishing with a frisson of danger, than the New York Times comes along to remind me what a wuss I still am…

Mako shark fishing off the Californian coast raises the danger bar somewhat and if I’m dismayed at the thought of a “telephone pole of a fly rod,” fretful at the prospect of 800 yards of backing on my reel and downright disturbed at the thought of fish that are hunting me, “not the other way around”, I am quite comforted by this line in Chris Santella’s report:

“Casts do not need to be long or terrifically accurate; the shark will generally find any fly in a five-foot radius”

You have no idea what music this is to the ears of someone who inwardly seethes whenever fishermen talk so glibly of “dropping the fly on its nose”.

Now where did I put that chum bucket?

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