“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,
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.