Eventually, All Things Merge Into One …

Little Blackfoot River
Image by Bitterroot on Flickr

“Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It is one of my Top 10 favorite movies of all-time. Not only is it a tremendous story of two brothers growing up together in Missoula, Montana in the early 20th Century but it has spectacular footage of the region and some exciting fly fishing scenes.

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