Bush, ex-pres­i­dent and fly an­gler, dies

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

JIMMY Carter might be the name most likely to spring to mind when you link the White House and fly-fish­ing, but fel­low ex-US pres­i­dent Ge­orge H Bush, who died re­cently, was no stranger to rod and reel, ei­ther. De­scribed by one obit­u­ar­ist as, “the­most sport­ing Pres­i­dent in US his­tory”, it’s eas­ier to list the sports in which Bush se­nior didn’t par­tic­i­pate, but angling fea­tured strongly. Even af­ter age ended his days fish­ing Cana­dian rivers for At­lantic salmon, Bush still went to sea, and reeled in a 145lb tarpon un­der his own steam when in his eight­ies, as well as fish­ing with Vladimir Putin long be­fore the word ‘col­lu­sion’ be­came fash­ion­able. “I don’t think he could be called an ac­com­plished fish­er­man,” was Bush’s as­sess­ment of the Rus­sian leader. A vis­i­tor to the Florida Keys, Bush would also in­dulge his love of fish­ing by pur­su­ing striped bass in choppy At­lantic wa­ters, off­shore from his sum­mer home in Maine. “I find quiet and tran­quil­lity when I fish,” the nor­mally hy­per-ac­tive Bush once con­fided in an in­ter­view, be­fore point­ing out that he was pos­si­bly “the only guy who ever caught a chip­munk on a fly rod”. A Se­cret Ser­vice agent ap­par­ently re­leased the crea­ture un­harmed…

For­mer Pres­i­dent Bush (right) in Ore­gon dur­ing the 1988 elec­tion cam­paign

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