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When asked how Richard Farino, owner of District Angling, got into fly fishing, he answers, “a local tackle shop” in his native Bronx. What started as fishing in Central Park morphed into studying marine biology and the interest in fly-fishing stuck. Fast forward to December 2017, and Richard opened his own shop out of necessity — not his, but for the area. Farino recognized there were very few fly fishing shops in the area and with his 15+ years of experience in the field, he knew enough about the business to bring a presence back to Arlington.
Fly fishing is a sport long dominated by men, both domestic and internationally. Advertisements traditionally target married white males, approximately 40 years old. Equipment has been designed for men by men, and fishing is routinely considered a manly blood sport. Fishing trips were for the boys, and when we were children, grandpa took us fishing, and brought the fish home for the women to cook. Yet despite the proliferation of these ideas, nothing could be further from the truth. Women have participated and added to the sport, and continue to do so daily.
April showers bring May flowers, vibrant and colorful, and of course fragrant. The scent of blossoming gardens wafting through the air of a warm spring day is a common and memorable event in Old Town, and will sometimes trigger a memory of times long gone, and places of our past. Your sense of smell is one of your senses most closely associated with memory. Each person’s memory and sense of smell are unique, which is why someone smelling homemade chocolate chip cookies baking can trigger fond memories of their childhood while someone else might be turned off thinking about a past job working long hours at a bakery.
As April begins to roll in and around our nation's capital, we're reminded that we're entering a new season. Spring reminds us all that life and beauty renews itself each year in the form of dogwood and cherry blossoms, newly sprouting leaves and green grass, and the arrival of daylight savings time and the start of longer days and increasingly shorter nights. The robin calling just before daybreak, the warm, moist breeze wafting in from the river, and cool mornings that gradually give way to warmer afternoons.