In a 1999 piece by Marianne Constantinou, the entire experience of Angler's Lodge is compared to "Zen" and is considered by some to be "a relief for your eyes and your spirit." Constantinou makes the point that Angler's Lodge has long been a part of San Francisco and Golden Gate Park culture; people who came 40 years ago continue to come with their families today. On my visit to the casting pools behind the lodge, I met a man who was teaching his son to roll cast, among other things.
The Angler's Lodge and the GGACC are tucked away amongst tall trees and thick shrubs, but its praise can be found all over the world, included in fishing great Thomas McGuane's The Longest Silence: A Life of Fishing. Over the course of time many things change--for the Angler's Lodge, an entire city grew around it. However, one thing might never change, the relaxation of a simple cast and reel.