Where do the best learn to fly fish? The Golden Gate Park casting club. | KALW

Where do the best learn to fly fish? The Golden Gate Park casting club.

Aug 29, 2018

One of the greatest outdoorsmen in the world is not a man. And, she’s not an adult, either. She’s 14-year-old Maxine McCormick, and she’s a world champion fly caster.

Fly casting is a form of fishing, where you cast out your line with a fake fly at the end and you try to land it in the water near the fish. Or, if you’re just casting, near the target.

Maxine has been at it for five years. And last week, she won a pair of gold medals at the world championships in England: for women’s trout accuracy and for salmon distance.

So where does a girl go to learn to be the very best? The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. That’s where Maxine learned to flick her wrist just right, and that’s where KALW’s Ian Lewis went a few years ago to learn the tricks of the trade.

"I'm just here to work on my stroke, you know, like golfers do, it's the same thing with fishing, you know?"

Ian was an Audio Academy fellow in 2016. That piece originally aired on February 25, 2016.