Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oregon Steelhead Water
Dryline Steelhead by Bill McMillan
While I realize that this book has been mentioned at other times on this board, I just thought I'd bring it up for discussion once more. This is because when I look at my own perspective, attitude, and style towards steelhead flyfishing, McMillan's writing has hands down, been the most far-reaching and profoundly influential literature of anything else I have read on the sport.
McMillan's conservation ethic raised my awareness of the value of our wild steelhead and the concern we all should have of the negative effects of habitat destruction through certain logging practices, of hatchery stocks being introduced especially where sustainable native steelhead populations already exist, of overdevelopment near riversystems, of dams constructed with the promise that hatchery steelhead and fish ladders would mitigate for the loss wild steelhead, of overharvest by commercial and recreational anglers, etc.
McMillian's writings also brought on the realization for me, that appreciation for the amazing steelhead that I pursue and the beautiful places that our sport brings me come before being concerned about the numbers of steelhead I can catch. While I love to have a steelhead at the end of my line as much as anybody, McMillan talked of the simple pleasures and fluid grace of the dryline approach and a sprit of self-imposed retraint that makes success sweet. As a result, I prioritize joy in the method used before sheer efficiency in catching fish.
Just some of my thoughts. Anyone else been afftected similarly by this book or others?