I hate conformity; I hate being told what to do, how to do it, and where to do it. I will fish a double worm set up because some may frown upon it. I will throw a streamer through rising fish because I am told it won’t work. I will fish a piece of water that is marginal because I am told I shouldn’t. I want to learn for myself. I will change out a fly that is working because I want to find out what else will work. I want to be an individual. I want to do things my way. I want to learn my own lessons. I don’t want a magazine or some other fishermen telling me how to do things. I know as being a fly shop employee this is extremely hypocritical. I do tell people how and where to fish, it’s my job but at the same I want you to think for yourself do things your way also. I see Fly Fishing as an art form, a way to express individuality. I see it in the store every day I work. How a person fishes tells me something about that person.
I personally use fly fishing as a way to express my desire to explore the unknown. I missed out on the days of Vitus Bering, James Cook, Magellan and many others. My exploration is going somewhere nobody else goes. Walking down a bank where I have never seen a footprint. It takes me to a place as an individual that is deeply satisfying. I love the feeling of not knowing what is around the next corner. I love not knowing if there is a way around the next deep hole or will I have to swim (yes I will swim to reach new areas virgin to my eyes). I mostly throw streamers and mice because I do not know what will happen when I throw them. I relish not knowing what kind of beast will rise from the depths and take my fly. I cherish not knowing if I will hook the beast on the fly or if the take will be too fast and reactions to slow. Will the fish tease me and just follow or slash at my fly and break my dreams. I mostly fish my own flies that I tie because they are mine; they are different than anyone else’s. I tie streamers because there is more room on the hook to make them mine, to make them different.
I encourage everyone else to be an individual too. Don’t let anyone else tell you how to do you. Don’t let anyone dictate how you go about your passion. Whether it’s from me or a magazine, take it with a grain of salt. You don’t have to disregard what others say, you should use it as information to better accomplish your individuality as fisherman or women. As return I will try not to tell you what to do but give you information to help you along your way. I will give you my experiences to help you but I will not stifle you. I will make sure that I tell you this is what I would do and not this is what you have to do. Go out and find out who you are as a fisherman.
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