When the 2015 baseball season ended, Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello knew that he’d not lived up to his promise. He’d need to refocus himself during the off-season, and fly-fishing played a big part in finding his mojo again. The next year, he led the American League in wins, earning the AL Cy Young Award. Last year, he became a World Series Champion.
Porcello has reached incredible heights in his career, but the fish don’t care. And that’s one of the things he loves about getting out on the water with a fly rod: he’s no longer the center of attention, and he can just get lost in the rhythm of casting and the challenges of trying to get a fish to eat a collection of fur and feathers on a hook.