By Bob Ferris
“Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.” From Wikipedia definition of Wabi Sabi.
The Mother's Day mother as we called this fish caught in the
Mad River Valley near Yestermorrow Design/Build School that
I once ran and where I learned the term wabi-sabi.
That is not to say that there is not inherent tension of a sort. After nearly 50 years of fly fishing I am still puzzled by how knots get in leaders through the simple act of tossing a bug through the air. I am also likely to reach too quickly for a sharp object when tangles prove complicated and waters wait—there is no Zen for me in the conquering of mono-filament wanting to become one with itself. And I grow increasingly frustrated as my eyesight fails and I start picturing myself having to carry something akin to the Hubble telescope and a search light to successfully thread those teeny tiny patterns.
My favorite settings to fish and perhaps a metaphor for my life:
Trying to find the one square foot of calm on the edge of chaos.