Fly fishing in the Italian Alps – using ancient techniques and a homemade fishing rod, a fly line braided from horse hair, and simple flies tied by hand without the aid of a vise – is being kept alive by a small number of residents.
Arturo Pugno, who is the subject of Patagonia’s latest film Il Pescatore Completo (The Complete Fisherman) has been wading the streams of northern Italy most of his life and perfecting the art of fly fishing using a practice that according to Patagonia has been around “since at least the 16th century”.
By tapping into his inner wisdom and working with the element of water, the former schoolteacher is a master of his craft. Arturo Pugno uses a 15-foot rod made from hazelnut wood and a fly line meticulously braided from the tail of a stallion. His pared-down flies from local wild birds mimic bugs on top of and below the water.
The method used by Arturo Pugno is fishing at its most basic and refined, and it is only mastered by anglers he calls “complete fisherman.”
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