Fishing With Riggins
John Riggins, a member of the NFL Hall Of Fame, says the fishing was great. "We just got into some great trout here at the Elk Springs Resort. It wasn't just one after the other, but certainly enough to keep your interest. Even though it's raining, I'm going to go back out there here in a little bit."
Big John's here taping a segment on fly fishing in West Virginia for his TV show, 44 Outdoors, which runs in the Washington DC area. He's an icon there, part of Redskin's lore, complete with his reputation for being a free spirit. No wonder then that he finds a connection to fly fishing.
"I don't know what it is about fly fishing. I suppose a lot of it has to do with the cast, a lot of it has to do with accomplishing the cast. I'm always working on that.
There's something magical and rhythmical once you get it going and fly fishing is so much more technical than using a spinning rig or bait casting." says Riggins.
You might not catch as many fish, but the ones you do get on your line are so much fun to bring in. Sometimes you don't, but that's just the way it works out. Riggins grew up with a whole different type of fishing.
"I grew up in Kansas and I tell people you put your hand in front of your face and you can't see it. It's all mud rivers, catfish and carp there. Things have changed out there with the impoundments, they have walleye and strippers, but it wasn't that way when I was growing up." says Riggins.
Now that he has time to spend on the rivers and streams around the country, Riggins says he's hooked on fly fishing and says it doesn't get much better than the streams we can fish every day right here at home.
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