Why I Love Fly Fishing

When asked what fly fishing means to me, I am often at a loss for words. I love to fly fish because I love the water, and I love the water because it is free, it is true, and it is honest.

To be blunt, the water never lies to me. And because of that I can trust what it tells me. See when most people look at the water, all they see is a reflection. They only see what is on the surface. But when I watch the calm surface of a bass lake at sunrise, I see the things the mirror tries so desperately to hide. For me the surface reveals the treasures hidden beneath. I can see the drop offs, the weed lines, and the rocky points.


When I glance at a mountain stream as the water caresses over each rock and cuts into each shoreline, it gives away its most prized possessions. It is in this moment that I am most calm, most myself. I trust what the water tells me is there, waiting beneath the ripples on the surface. So as long as I do my part, as long as I judge the wind right and strip out enough line, my fly will land quietly on the surface of that pool, that eddy, or that weed line.

And I will have my reward.

So when people ask me why I love fly fishing, I think about the water. I think of all the lessons it has taught me over the past 25 years. And I know never to judge life by what you see on the surface. But most importantly I remember to always be free, always be true, and always be honest.

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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