One of the main perks of fly fishing is that it provides a great excuse to spend time in nature. Some of my most memorable trips are those during which I’ve had encounters with animals other than fish (the time a child-sized beaver breached like a small whale in a Michigan bog lake comes to mind). The fish we love to catch live in some of the prettiest places on earth and it’s no accident that our favourite places to fish are often not those that promise the best shot at a trophy fish but those that are the most beautiful and pristine. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with catching trophy fish in a beautiful spot.