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Casting about on a rainy day with a legendary Wulff

Joan Wulff, who at age 92 can still use a fly rod better than just about anybody, spoke of her life and times at the library in Phoenicia, N.Y. She once snapped a cigarette out of Johnny Carson’s mouth with a plug-casting rod. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Since the endless rain has turned the fall 2018 fly-fishing season into a soggy mess, I thought the best way to wrap things up would be to go to the Phoenicia, N.Y., library to hear Joan Wulff speak.

Wulff, widow of the innovative angler Lee Wulff, is a legendary figure in the sport. Clocking in at about 5 feet flat, she can outcast most men. 

She set a distance record in 1951, casting a fly 161 feet. Most modern fly lines are 90 to 100 feet long, incidentally.

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