S4:E30 Days of Mystique on the River

Have you ever had one of those days on the river that transported you to a different dimension? Not every day of fly fishing is a day of mystique, but through the years, we’ve had special moments that are burned into our memory. It’s not merely about catching lots of fish or hooking into a monster. In this episode, we attempt to describe the emotion or experience of mystique, that magical time when time is suspended and fly fishing becomes something more than fishing.

LISTEN NOW TO Days of Mystique on the River

GREAT STUFF FROM OUR LISTENERS. At the end of each episode, we often include a feature called “Great Stuff from Our Listeners.” It’s the last segment of each episode, where Steve reads one of the comments from our listeners or readers. We enjoy hearing from you, and appreciate your advice, wisdom, and fly fishing experiences.

We’d love to hear about a day of mystique on the river that you’ve had. Please post your comments below.

OUR SPONSOR: DR SQUATCH NATURAL OUTDOOR SOAP

We love Dr. Squatch soap products for guys who love the outdoors. Our favorite bar soap is Pine Tar. But there are many others, including:

    Eucalyptus Yogurt

    Cool Fresh Aloe

    Deep Sea Goats Milk

    Bay Rum

    Spearmint Basil

    Crisp IPA

    Gold Moss

You will also love the shampoo – and the beard oil!

Visit Dr. Squatch Outdoor Soap for Guys, fill your shopping cart with great outdoor products, and enter “2Guys” as the promo code. You’ll receive 20% off your first order.

WOULD YOU REFER OUR PODCAST?

We’d love for you to refer our podcast to a friend, your TU chapter, or fly fishing club. Be sure to pass along our podcast to others.

Be sure to forward our weekly email to your network!

That is the most simple way to help us grow!

Download a Podcast App on Your Smartphone

The most common app used by 2 Guys feed subscribers is “Podcasts.” Or you can simply subscribe to the RSS feed here:

Subscribe to 2 Guys and A River

To see every episode that we’ve published, click on “Fly Fishing Podcast” on the top navigation.

The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists – The Helpful Book of Hacks for New Fly Fishers

We’ve published a book for regular-Joe-and-Jane fly fishers called The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists: Life is short. Catch more fish.

To switch metaphors, perhaps it’s more like a handful of potato chips. It’s an entire book of lists. The goal is to help you find practical help quickly and in an easily digestible format!

Buy it today on Amazon for only $12.99!

6 Replies to “S4:E30 Days of Mystique on the River”

  1. Enjoyed your Mystique episode.

    Every trip to a river puts me in what the Celts called a “thin place”, a place that knocks me out of the material world and gives me a glimpse of the other side. I can almost measure the width of thin places with a ruler, they’re 3 feet or less, and sometimes a razor’s edge. They connect the temporal with the divine. I wander along my thin places with a sense of awe and wonder and I’m unable to suck it all in (Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic echoes in my ear).

    When I hook up with a fish heaven and earth are connected and the fight to net takes me from one side of the thin place to another. Which has a stronger pull? Which way will the fish go on release? I wish I knew.

    The metaphor works for me.

  2. I really enjoyed listening to your Mystique podcast as I drove to the stream yesterday. It reminded me of a thought I often have while standing in the creek. When you set foot into a stream you are connected to all the flowing water in the world. Since all of that water is making its way to the oceans you are linked through them to fellow fly fishers in Montana, Alaska, Tennessee, Patagonia, Slovenia, and on the Test and Itchen in England, as well as to your buddy 100 yards downstream. It’s just a bit of food for thought.

  3. Mystique on the River
    A river can take on a sense of mystique from one’s personal history with the place.
    On the last several trips to Yellowstone country, I have ended the trip on Tower Creek in the northern part of the Park. This is by no means my favorite fishing spot in the Park. The scenery is not as dramatic as, say, the Lamar Valley, and it certainly does not have any sizable trout. However, the place is special to me because of what has become an annual ritual.
    Every year on the last day of the trip on the drive back to the cabin to pack up, I stop for an hour or so at a particular stretch of this stream. It is always good for a brookie or two; sometimes there is an evening BWO hatch with rising trout. More importantly, this is where I say farewell to this beautiful part of the country and mentally prepare for the transition back to the “real world.” Sitting on a boulder next to the stream I think about highlights of the week spent outdoors, thank God for the opportunity to experience the glory of His creation, and reflect on life.
    So this little bit of water – really just a few pockets with a few small trout – has mystique for me. In the depths of the northern Indiana winter, I often think back on those lovely moments on that mystical water.
    Love the podcast.
    Steve in Indiana

    1. I love your comment, Steve! Yes, we know exactly what you mean by having to say farewell to this beautiful part of the country and then transition back to life in the Midwest. Like you, we’re always grateful to God for the chance to experience the glory of his creation and reflect on life. There’s no better place for reflection, in my opinion, than on the river (or stream).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.