Watch: Fly Fishing for Sharks

A River Runs Through It meets Jaws.


“Poets talk about ‘spots of time,’ but it is really fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone.” 

– Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories


Fly fishing conjures thoughts of tweed and bamboo, but leaving trout streams and freshwater lakes behind opens up an entirely different culture. Offshore, fishing becomes a struggle that still requires patience and perseverance, but with an added element of danger that fishermen can’t experience with trout or bass.

Richard Louv, in his aptly titled Fly-Fishing for Sharks, said the line between between lunacy and sanity is pretty thin when fly fishing for these underwater lions. Norman Maclean may have thought time stood still when a trout broke the surface on a dry fly, but seconds become millennia when you’re sloshing around on the edge of a boat with rows of teeth gnashing below.

Watch as this fisherman catches a mako shark on a fly, with plenty of jumps and runs included. 


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