Hugh and Byron,
I've thought a lot about that question over the past year or so. My son and I took up fly fishing this year. I've been a fisherman since I was younger than he is now. But I've only been fly fishing for about a year. I mainly took it up as a way to spend more time with my son. In the time since we started the learning, I've been keeping a journal where I can share my feelings and thoughts on those times we fish together. At some point, when the time is right, I'm going to print it out and give it to him. I want him to know how much he means to me and how much I appreciate the time he allows me to spend with him.
Flyfishing is a slower paced sport and something about the rythmn of the casting and the flow of the water gives one the opportunity to reflect. I've not only learned a lot about my boy, I've learned a lot about myself.
So, here is the reason I fly fish: