By JOHN PITARRESI
Posted Oct 29, 2011 @ 09:47 PM
My grandmother told us, more than once, that early in her marriage, back in the 1920s, she fished with my grandfather now and then.
And, of course, she always caught more fish than he did. That’s the way the story is supposed to go, right?
I don’t know whether she really did catch more fish, but it was what she believed, and Granpa never denied it. Gramma was pretty competitive anyway. Their birthdays were 10 days apart, and she used to count the cards they received and crow that she always got more than he did. She was the best grandmother and most generous person you could imagine, and she was pretty funny, too. Often intentionally.
The point is, women do fish, at least as far back as Dame Juliana Berners, the 15th Century English nun who is credited with writing “The Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth An Angle,” supposedly the earliest book to address the sport.