Case: Learning to fly could make you a 'Compleat Angler'

Chattanooga's Bill Neal fly fishes in waist-deep water at Chester Frost Park in Hixson in September 2017.
photo Chattanooga's Bill Neal fly fishes in waist-deep water at Chester Frost Park in Hixson in September 2017.

Izaak Walton had it going on. Most of us probably think of an English guy who lived in the 1600s as pretty boring. Quite the contrary - old Izaak may have been the first outdoors writer in history. He published the first version of his classic "The Compleat Angler" in 1653, and he continued to revise and publish later editions for 25 years.

I wonder if he had as many problems with editors as I do.

Walton was a big advocate of fly fishing, and fly fishing, you see, is as different from other forms of fishing - such as spin casting - as beans from cornbread.