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