Pagan fishing means worshipping thestream, chasing
the cloulds, becoming the trout. The tear shedat sunrise
is worth more as it tracks down the cheek thanall the
golden idols in the world. The puma licks itschops and
you know how it feels. When you drink wateras it
melts and drips from a frozen waterfall inearly spring.
you are on the verge of enlightenment. Whenyou are so
deep in the forest that the word "lost" losesits meaning,
you are as close to God as you'll ever be.When you cut
the line with your teeth to save the fish,you are no mere
angler -- the taste of four-pound test is inyour mouth,
too. These are mysteries only to those livingagainst
nature -- the deer know all there is to knowabout
heaven. When the river speaks, listen or bedamned.
The cracked rod doesn't lie about the sizeof the day's