The fishing fever began when my wife and I started backpacking. We were hiking above the west fork of the Gila River in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. As we rounded a bend we looked down and saw a man wading the river with a backpack and a fly rod in hand. He made a fluid cast and all I could say was "That is so cool! I want to do that." My father-in-law, an avid fisherman in upstate New York, sent me a spin-fly travel rod and reel. That got me started on spin fishing, then fly fishing. It has led to many hours of the most sublime pleasure.
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