Are we freeing our fish, or do they free us?
Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect! Great read Matt!
Matt, I watched “I’m Still Here” last night based upon your recommendation. I thoroughly hated it. Every minute of it. I will ignore all future (and any past that I may stumble on) movie recommendations from you. Sad. But I still love you.
OK, Matt. Sorry I’m late to the party, and I hope you’re enjoying It’ly. We have a toddler halfway through a two week course of steroids (Thanks, Doc!), so I’ve been tied up lately. I’ll read the article shortly (between laps of the downstairs and maniacal laughter chasing the dog), but I have one point and one question. First, the Amalfi Tourist Board must be burning through cash with wedding planners; this is the third Amalfi wedding I’ve heard of this year. Second, where in the heck did you find those fine Pyrenean Mountain Jams? Toby is telling me that I need a pair stat, so I can catch this amphetamine-fueled toddler.
Love your swim trunks! You will definitely be an influencer!
Nothing matches the feeling of releasing that great catch on that #1 lure. Catch & release for another days catch experience. I joined B.A.S.S. When I was probably 12 years old. Their philosophy was always catch & release, which I wanted to be a good steward of the bass world at an early age. Now 64, never any regrets. Fish still can be caught in those same spots on Perch creek that I fished as a boy.
Study this Italian man's craft and you can build your own fly rod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdXIHsGgIQM Of course, you will need to get your hands on some horsehair.
If you don’t mind me asking, could you recommend a beginner’s fly rod and reel set-up? I am very interested in learning to use one and am trying to prevent myself from walking into my local Orvis and spending the equivalent of a small Honda automobile. It would be used mostly for lake fishing in Missouri, with some streams thrown in as well.
Thank you so much for the wonderful pieces you write, and have a terrific experience in Italy!
How many devoted Wilson Phillips fans do you figure are reading Slack Tide (regardless of chomosomes) anyway? 2?
Not for the first time have I found myself clicking on a Matt Labash hot link to check out, at least to me, an anonymous exemplar of contemporary feminine pulchritude. Olivia Dunne? Who knew? Not I. And she vacations in Italy as well. I don’t know how you keep up with them all, Matt. Anyway, thanks for the reprise of “Release Me.” As the late, great Lee Wolff observed, “A trout is too valuable to be caught just once.” Enjoy your vacation in Italy but, if it were me, I’d be heading way up north. There must be trout in the Alps, aren’t there?
Great swim suit!!
Amalfi Coast wedding and delicious food! What could be better…..tossing little drys to big brown’s on the Henry’s Fork for birthday weekend…maybe
Matt, good evening. Kind of long time subscriber and first time poster. We live near the Amalfi Coast (I work for the US Navy here in beautiful Napoli), let us know if you have any time, would love to host you for a drink or dinner.
Taking my 15-year-old grandboy to Rome and Amalfi Coast later this month. Summer would not be my choice for this trip but between baseball showcase tournaments and school schedule, there’s not much choice. As for “destination weddings”, I subscribe to the Larry David approach; don’t go but send a nice gift at a fraction of the travel costs.
Lovely column. It was new to me so I'm glad I got read it. And the bonus track was, well, a nice bonus (both the imagery and the music).
I hope you get to fish in Italy!
Enjoy your family, good food and scenery.
It is good to hear from you Matt. As always I have no profound words.