Lessons in our youth are often the ones that dictate the path we choose. Everyone has those lessons, either good or bad, but something that shapes our life.
In The Bad, The Good and Two Fly Fishing Women, Amanda, an attorney, now looks back at the formative years of her life and the special bond that helped her become the successful person she is. Having grown up with her father after her mother left and nurtured by her grandmother, Amanda has fond memories of the years gone by. She often looks back to one special day in her life when many things happened that changed her life forever.
Her grandparents were avid fly fishermen; her grandfather had actually died on the pond. Her grandmother was her confidant and her best friend, and Amanda spent a great deal of time with her learning the art of fly-casting. Amanda’s young life changed in an instant when her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. She no longer spent her free time on the water fishing she stayed near her sickbed, keeping her company. When her grandmother gave Amanda her fly reel and shooed her on her way to more fishing, Amanda reluctantly agreed. She took her beloved dog and spent numerous hours wrestling with the fish. It was at this time she met the fish of her dreams, the one that always got away.
The beauty and delicacy of the catch, the danger of losing such a prize made Amanda come to a decision; if she could only land it she would let it go. It was about the mastery, and if she were capable of this, she would be forever grateful.
One morning, getting ready for school, Amanda is surprised to find her grandmother up and dressed in her fishing gear. Concerned, Amanda wants to skip her schooling and keep her grandmother safe. Laughing, her grandmother assures her she was more than capable, and as Amanda hugs her to be on her way; she felt the gun her grandmother was carrying. When asking about it her grandmother reminds her that a woman on her own could never be too careful. In school, Amada keeps thinking back to her conversation, and a feeling that something was wrong. Unable to concentrate and worried now, she leaves her school and tries to find her grandmother.