Someone once said it is the most fun you can have standing up. Another said that his biggest worry was that when he was dead and gone, his wife would sell his fishing gear for what he said he paid for it. Tom Brokaw said, "If fishing is like religion, then fly-fishing is high church."
Here's what others have had to say about it ...
"Along the banks of purling streams, beneath the shadows of umbrageous trees, or in the secluded nooks of charming lakes, they have ever been found, drinking deep of the invigorating forces of nature - giving rest and tone to over-taxed brains and wearied nerves - while gracefully wielding the supple rod, the invisible leader, and the fairy-like fly." James A. Hensall, MD, 1855
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process." Paul O'Neil, 1965
Whatever you say about it, fly fishing, particularly fly casting, is such a mesmerizing visual that it stops our RV in its tracks and causes us to break out the camera every time we see it. The whip-like physics of fly fishing is like pitching a cotton ball at major-league speeds: up to 600 feet per second. The sound it makes when joined with a chorus of nature all around you is, well, indescribably relaxing.