But nobody quite captured the unique duality of angler's obsession—that mixture of egocentric, stupid self-absorption and the Zen-like knowledge that the only real moment is the one that exists right now—like "The Far Side" cartoonist Gary Larson, who retired at the ripe old age of 45. He did a number of great fishing cartoons, but my favorite shows two guys in a rowboat on a lake watching as multiple mushroom clouds bloom in the distance. One fisherman gawks, cigarette dangling loosely from his lips, head cocked slightly back. He has obviously just blurted out the obvious question. His companion, far less interested in the imminent destruction of the planet than what it means for their outing, cuts right through all the nonessential parts. The caption reads: "I'll tell you what this means, Norm -- no size restrictions and screw the limit."