Livin’ Large

By Guy Turck •  Updated: 11/27/22 •  4 min read

“Dying is no big deal. Living is the trick.”

— Red Smith eulogizing a fellow sportswriter

We all die, but how many of us lead contented, purposeful lives? Henry David Thoreau made famous the observation that, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” But Thoreau wasn’t much of a fisherman. In fact, he eventually gave it up entirely.

Reading Red Smith’s quote got me to thinking about how often fishing leads to an understanding of ourselves as sentient beings wholly engaged in the act of living. (Something Thoreau would have appreciated.) It’s an addiction really. And once you get used it you can’t go too long without longing for the experience again.

I’m sure many of you have had experiences similar to the following – experiences that make you realize you’re fully alive (and in some cases that you would like to remain so):

Living is the trick. And when you’re fishing, you’re livin’ large.

Guy Turck
Jackson Hole
February 2003