Too many of us have jobs we dislike or are hopefully, stepping stones to doing something that we actually enjoy and want to do. This blog is largely about my preoccupation interest in fly fishing with a little bit of spinning outfit Bass fishing thrown in. I also love cameras, art and the written word. In my many and varied occupations the ones I loved the most involved a lot of the these same things.
Fly fishing is something new that I have found in the last few years that I dearly love to do. I am sure that it has secured me from insanity on several occasions. Writing is also new to me (I hope its not to obvious) and a blog seemed like good place to start. I hope to someday learn to do it well. Somewhere down the road the combination may, at least in part, allow me to fish for work.
Along the way I hope to share things I run into, ideas, thoughts, information that might be useful or entertaining to others. To me that is what art and words are all about. This blog is also a journal of sorts, a photo album, someplace to put things that I should remember but will almost certainly forget. Occasionally I tread barefoot across the burning coals of the political world. I’m sure my opinions will “cost” me something somewhere along the line but saying nothing would be worse.
I would, with utmost certainty, trade the “American dream” for a good fly rod and a well stocked river or lake and go fishing. I have no interest in “Dancing with the Stars”, the latest fashions, a larger flat panel TV or swinging at the “Outback Steakhouse”. I’d much rather be outdoors enjoying the world we used to live in.
“I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of the television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid; and finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.”
John Voelker- “Testament of a Fishermen”
If you need to contact me, offer me work in exotic places, or send me a free Clackacraft drift boat, do it here:
Wayne Mumford- 105 Good Country Rd., Kalispell, Montana 59901
email: gotfish(at)waynemumford.com, Phone 406-270-4494
For information about, and to view my stock photography:
As part of this blog and my photography work in general I have started a collection of stock photography images covering fly fishing, fish and the landscape that goes along with them. These images can be found here.
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.”
Calvin- Calvin and Hobbes