“'It’s a long line of whispers that gets you on Loch Damph,' says Corin Smith behind the wheel of his pickup. We’re heading to the lake, its reddish-black water held within the bounds of a private estate like a cup of choppy tea between mossy wind-swept mountains. One is free to walk across any parcel of soil in Scotland, private or no. But fly fishing requires permission. And don’t think for a minute the man holding the key is an easy one to pin down.
Corin, owner of The Wild Rise Company, fortunately knows the gatekeeper. In spite of the long-established system within which he operates, Corin’s approach bends tradition. Beyond tropes of tartan and tweed, fly fishing in Scotland today toes a line somewhere between old and new, like a well-worn book that just needs dusting off, and perhaps, a new chapter.
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My piece "Beyond Braveheart" appears in the Summer 2017 issue of Sporting Classics: http://sportingclassics.com/current-issue/