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文书解析 | 咻!一记飞蝇钓,梦校到手

2021-03-09 10:02:15 来源:江博教育 作者:江博教育

钓鱼,你喜欢么?

飞蝇钓,你试过么?

下饵,挥杆,静候,收线,提竿……你期待鱼钩上挂的是大鱼?旧靴子?破铁桶?还是宝藏?我们的作者专注于钓鱼,最终钓到了有着“小藤校”之称的Hamilton College Offer哦!兴趣爱好是你不断前行的第一驱动力,无论是什么样的兴趣,都可以在不断实践中,找到兴趣和梦想的交集,并由此步入追寻理想的正轨。看他是如何做到的?

DYLAN MORSE

Ithaca, N.Y.

hamilton.edu/admission/

I kept a firm grip on the rainbow trout as I removed the lure from its lip. Then, my heart racing with excitement, I lowered the fish to the water and watched it flash away.

I remained hooked.

I caught that 10-inch fryling five years ago on Fall Creek using a $5 fly rod given to me by my neighbor Gil. The creek is spectacular as it cascades down the 150-foot drop of Ithaca Falls. Only 100-feet further, however, it runs past a decrepit gun factory and underneath a graffitied bridge before flowing adjacent to my high school and out to Cayuga Lake. Aside from the falls, the creek is largely overlooked. Nearly all of the high school students I know who cross that bridge daily do so with no thought of the creek below.

When I was a toddler, my moms say I used to point and ask, “What? What? What?” Even now my inquisitive nature is obvious. Unlike my friends, I had noticed people fly fishing in Fall Creek. Mesmerized by their graceful casts, I pestered Gil into teaching me. From that first thrilling encounter with a trout, I knew I needed to catch more. I had a new string of questions. I wanted to understand trout behavior, how to find them, and what they ate. There was research to do.

I devoted myself to fly fishing. I asked questions. I woke up at 4 a.m. to fish before school. I spent days not catching anything. Yet, I persisted. The Kid’s Book of Fishing was replaced by Norman MacLean’s A River Runs Through It. Soon Ernest Hemingway’s essays found their place next to Trout Unlimited magazines by my bed.

I sought teachers. I continued to fish with Gil, and at his invitation joined the local Trout Unlimited Chapter. I enrolled in a fly-tying class.

There I met Ken, a soft-spoken molecular biologist, who taught me to start each fly I make by crimping the hook to reduce harm to fish, and Mike, a sarcastic Deadhead lawyer, who turns over rocks at all times of year to “match the hatch” and figure out which insects fish are eating. Thanks to my mentors, I can identify and create almost every type of Northeastern mayfly, caddisfly, and stonefly.

The more I learned, the more protective I felt of the creek and its inhabitants. My knowledge of mayflies and experience fishing in many New York streams led me to notice the lack of Blue-Winged Olive Mayflies in Fall Creek. I figured out why while discussing water quality in my AP Biology class; lead from the gun factory had contaminated the creek and ruined the mayfly habitat. Now, I participate in stream clean-up days, have documented the impact of invasive species on trout and other native fish, and have chosen to continue to explore the effects of pollutants on waterways in my AP Environmental Science class.

Last year, on a frigid October morning, I started a conversation with the man fishing next to me. Banks, I later learned, is a contemporary artist who nearly died struggling with a heroin addiction. When we meet on the creek these days we talk about casting techniques, aquatic insects, and fishing ethics. We also talk about the healing power of fly fishing. I know Banks would agree with Henry David Thoreau, who wrote “[Many men] lay so much stress on the fish which they catch or fail to catch, and on nothing else, as if there were nothing else to be caught.”

Initially, my goal was to catch trout. What I landed was a passion. Thanks to that first morning on Fall Creek, I’ve found a calling that consumes my free time, compels me to teach fly fishing to others, and drives what I want to study in college.

I will be leaving Fall Creek soon. I am eager to step into new streams.

 

生词:

1. trout [traʊt] n. 鲑鱼,虹鳟鱼

2. lure [lʊr] n. 诱饵,鱼饵

3. fly fishing 飞蝇钓

4. sarcastic [sɑːrˈkæstɪk] adj. 讽刺的,嘲讽的

5. mayfly [ˈmeɪflaɪ] n. 蜉蝣

6. caddisfly ['kædisflaɪ] n. 石蛾

7. stonefly [s'təʊnflaɪ] n. 石蝇

8. invasive [ɪn'veɪsɪv] adj. 侵入的,侵袭的

 

解析:

1. I kept a firm grip on the rainbow trout as I removed the lure from its lip. Then, my heart racing with excitement, I lowered the fish to the water and watched it flash away.

钓鱼的生动场景展开在眼前:活蹦乱跳的鳟鱼,因兴奋而发抖的手,小心翼翼的摘掉鱼钩,再把鱼放生。作者用一系列连贯娴熟的钓鱼动作开篇,带领着我们进入到他的世界。钓鱼,是一种普遍但不普通的兴趣爱好,每个人从中收获的感受都是不一样的,那么作者或从钓鱼中收获了什么呢?

2. When I was a toddler, my moms say I used to point and ask, “What? What? What?” Even now my inquisitive nature is obvious.

好奇心永远是第一驱动力,正是这一份好奇心和观察力,让作者通过钓鱼发现了自己的理想。这也为后边文章打下伏笔。

3. The Kid’s Book of Fishing was replaced by Norman MacLean’s A River Runs Through It. Soon Ernest Hemingway’s essays found their place next to Trout Unlimited magazines by my bed.

作者很巧妙的设计,通过自己不同时期选择读物的不同,反映出来自己对钓鱼的热爱是一直持续的。这样的描述比起平铺直叙的表达方式,多了一份灵气。

4. I sought teachers. I continued to fish with Gil, and at his invitation joined the local Trout Unlimited Chapter. I enrolled in a fly-tying class.

本段是故事的一个转折点,作者的好奇心引领着自己越来越接近梦想。同时,短短的几句话起到了很好的承上启下作用,意味着故事由此开始上升到更高一级的平台。

5. There I met Ken, a soft-spoken molecular biologist, who taught me to start each fly I make by crimping the hook to reduce harm to fish, and Mike, a sarcastic Deadhead lawyer, who turns over rocks at all times of year to “match the hatch” and figure out which insects fish are eating.

通过和自己老师之间的交集,赋予了钓鱼新的意义。之前自己钓鱼使用的是朋友Gil送给自己5块钱买来的诱饵;而现在是通过在石缝中找到合适的诱饵,决定自己会钓上什么鱼。

6. I figured out why while discussing water quality in my AP Biology class; lead from the gun factory had contaminated the creek and ruined the mayfly habitat.

作者结合到自己课堂上学到的生物学知识,把钓鱼这个爱好提高到了学术层面。

7. “[Many men] lay so much stress on the fish which they catch or fail to catch, and on nothing else, as if there were nothing else to be caught.”

引用Henry David Thoreau的名言,让文章得到升华。也通过自己由小到大钓鱼的经历,揭示了自己对钓鱼的理解,也预示着自己对未来的期待和挑战,让读者们在无限联想中回归到现实。

8. I will be leaving Fall Creek soon. I am eager to step into new streams.

一句话的结尾,短小精悍。我们眼前再次浮现出作者背起行囊,自信前行的背影。Fall Creek是作者的家乡,作者钓鱼的爱好由这里开始,梦想在这里酝酿,最终会在更远的前方实现,new streams意味着充满期待的未来。

 

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