Recently, “Slurp Magazine” had a chance to sit down with Fly Fishing for a lengthy interview. The transcript follows.
SM: You’ve been at this a long time, yes? Are you still enjoying being Fly Fishing?
FF: Yep, without a doubt. Several hundred years, I think. And yes, I still enjoy it. I’m not going to say I enjoy all things about it, all the time, but on balance, it’s a pretty good gig. I mean, it sure beats being Model Railroading! (Laughs)
SM: What do you mean when you say you don’t like things about being Fly Fishing? Do you mean because sometimes there are more effective ways to catch fish?
FF: No, no. That’s not it at all. It’s fun being Fly Fishing so I don’t care if there are better ways of catching fish. It’s just that sometimes the pressure to be everything to everybody is over the top. Jesus, I’m just Fly Fishing! You know what I mean?
SM: I’m not sure I do. You’re a pretty important part of a lot of people’s lives, aren’t you?
FF: I’m fun to have around, yes. Fine. I get that. But come on!
SM: But a lot of people find real meaning, in their lives, from you. Meeting you borders on a spiritual experience. You don’t feel some responsibility to those people?
FF: Oh, for Fuck’s Sake!! Would you cut that shit out!!?? No, I don’t feel responsibility to those people. Does Captain Kirk feel a responsibility towards those freak shows called “Trekkies”? I fucking hope not!
SM: I have to admit I’m finding this all a little surprising, and the language you’re using is a little disconcerting. When I first met you, I was going through some tough times. My job was…
FF: (Rudely interrupts) Stop! Just…please…stop! I am NOT interested in hearing about your job. I want you to tell me about how I helped you catch a big fish. A real big fish. Get it?? And what do you mean you find my language disconcerting? I’m Fly Fishing. I can help you pull fish out of the water by their mouths. I cannot help you “find yourself”. OK!? OK!?
SM: OK, OK. Jeeze. Forget it. Are there things you enjoy, besides being Fly Fishing?
FF: Oh yeah. Lots of things. Lately, I’ve been getting into hunting. Really calms the mind, you know. You get out there, and it’s almost as if you become one with nature. I can’t really explain it.