Cool People of Fly Fishing: Sister Carol Anne Corley

Here is some love for all of you Catholics out there:

From the Federation aka IFFF


I am sure God doesn’t play favorites…but if he did…fly fishers would be at the top of the list.  Clearly we get to experience a purity in creation that few others do.  Even when we make a huge mess of it we still get to return to the waters again.  Yes, occasionally we, as a group, disrupt the sanctuary of the river with a few too many river sodas, or some rowdy and loud conversation but that is part of the beauty of it all.  The river welcomes us, as we are, and its bounty is available to anyone who knows how to fly fish and maybe a handful of others.  The subject of this post is a Sister with a fly rod whose self described start in the sport clearly defines her as a Fly Fishing Junkie.  Sister if you read this, that is a compliment.

Sister Carol Anne Corley from Hot Springs, Arkansas is a teacher St. John’s Catholic Elementary.  She is also a member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and within the IFFF she is on the Fly Tiers Group Board of Governors.  Here is her BIO.

At St. John’s she teaches Fly Tying as part of the art curriculum.  Far surpassing Luke’s efforts to incorporate fly tying in his classroom.

There is a great article about her on Arkansas Catholic dot ORG.

Here is an Excerpt:

Her resourcefulness has seemingly no bounds — she’s been known to swipe the very tails off roadkill squirrels or produce fuzz by grinding yarn in a coffee grinder. Her coupe de grace, the Resurrection Fly, she created using plastic Easter grass.
Sister Carol Anne, who marked 50 years as a Sister of Mercy in 2013, doesn’t have the knees for standing in the streambed for the eight or 10 hours she used to and it is easy to see how much she misses an afternoon in Arkansas’ Norfolk River. It’s there that the years have revealed the apt metaphor for God moving people into a life of vocation and through them, spreading grace to others.
“(In fly casting) you don’t use your power to move anything; you use the rod’s power to move the line,” she said. “I always tell people, ‘You cannot fly fish in an ugly place or with an ugly disposition.’  Your place must be peaceful and you must be too.”

Full Article at arkansas-catholic.org 

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