Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hail to the Fly Fisherman

What is the sport of choice for leaders of the free world? Why fly fishing, of course!
The Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal has this review of a new book by Bill Mares: " Fishing with the Presidents." According to the article, "Tricky Dick" wasn't much with the fly rod.
"Richard Nixon seems simply to have been inept with a rod. While traveling with Dwight Eisenhower when the two were campaigning for president and vice president in 1952, Eisenhower -- one of the best and most enthusiastic fishermen to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. -- tried to show Nixon the finer points of fly-fishing. In four casts Nixon hooked a tree limb three times and Eisenhower's shirt once. "

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