28 Feb '13, 5pm

A Tug Would Be Thrilling: Where Are the Fish?

Jeff Opperman The author’s son, a skilled angler, and daughter on the banks of the Mekong in Laos. We carried that fishing rod for 10,000 miles on planes, taxis, buses, minivans and boats. And as my family’s trip down the Mekong River progressed, I became ever more determined that it fulfill its basic function of plucking a fish out of the river. The Mekong presents certain challenges for that. It’s a big river with a swift current and muddy water that obscures hidden logs and other traps to snag a line. And the turbid water reduces the effectiveness of lures or baits that require attracting the visual attention of a fish. Or, at least that sounded right. The other main challenge was my complete lack of skill or experience as an angler. The pole belongs to my son, Luca, who is walking proof that the impulse to fish springs from someplace deep and durable within humanity’s ...

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