Fly the really, really friendly skies

By Tom Chandler 5/1/2006

I'm on the longest leg of my trip to Tennessee (which is to say I'm still in the airport after running the oh-so-dignified gauntlet of check-in and security), and because my flight's been delayed more than an hour (and aren't I glad I got up at 4:45), I'm enjoying the Disney-esque ambiance of yet another tiny airport terminal.

In case you haven't been in one lately, allow me to refresh your memory: airline terminals are designed to be so uncomfortable they actually make you happy to risk your life on an airplane. This one's so crammed with people that I'm developing a lot of empathy for what hatchery trout endure on a daily basis (another argument for the elimination of the hatchery system).

Let's be blunt - I didn't move to a remote part of moutainous Northern California because I love rubbing elbows with humanity as a whole, and while the surly youth across from me wearing the "US Keg Lifting Team" hat is probably a friendly enough guy, I know I'd like him a lot more if our kneecaps weren't knocking every couple minutes.

Ian called to let me know the dry fly fishing's been awesome the last couple days - a hell of a carrot compared to the stick of a 6,000 cfs Upper Sacramento... See you in the security line.


Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.


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