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In “The Curtis Creek Manifesto,” Sheridan Anderson gives 11 Commandments that every fly-fisherman should be aware of and should continue to work towards. An ongoing set of articles will be how each of those “commandments” is still relevant and how each fly-fisherman should be perfecting his craft by “obeying” them.
1) Thou shalt know they knots well and rig thy gear in an artful manner.
2) Thou shalt cast with precision and thy fly shalt like a cobweb alight.
3) Thou shalt fish upstream.
4) Thou shalt know thy waters and be wise about those things upon which thy prey doth feed.
5) Thou shalt cunningly plan thy strategy in advance of each hole, pocket and riffle.
6) Let not thy shadow nor that of thy rod fall upon the water.
7) Thou shalt move with stealth and keep thyself low and in deepest shadow and ever secret thyself behind tree, rock, hummock and shrub.
8) Thou shalt keep thy rod behind thee and thy line in readiness until thou art ready to cast.
9) Thou shalt avoid fly-drag like the plague and watch thy lure like a hawk.
10) Thou shalt strike quickly but gently and thou shalt hopefully release thy quarry to fight another day.
11) Thou shalt love the waters and all things that nourish therefrom; and thou shalt cherish and protect them as thine own-For all nature is thy home and all living things are thy kin.