“Be humble: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
John Gierach tells a little story in All Fishermen Are Liars about the first time he fished a spot. He said to the guy he was with, “I can’t make that cast.” His buddy replied, “Me neither, but if we don’t try, we’ll never learn.” Later, Gierach says, “Thirty-some years later there are days when I still can’t make that cast and others when I can just manage it.”
Part of the function of this blog is to be instructional — even though “instructional” is a relative term! Questions from somebody just answering the invitation to join the adventure are different questions than somebody who has fished a few years and wants to try new adventures. And you old timers who have been at it for a whole bunch of “one more cast and we’ll call it a day” are up to new challenges, too.
As June winds down and July heats up, I hope you’re taking advantage of what we have to offer in the way of classes and guide trips. More importantly, I hope you take advantage of all the “Where to Go” in our great state.
I want to stay in the beginner’s frame of mind. I want to stay curious about this sport...and grow by taking on new and different challenges. When I think I have it figured out and have few possibilities in my mind, it will probably be time to retire the Sage.
Don't miss this fun day with special fly fishing presentations, doorbuster deals, casting demonstrations, drawings and prizes and more!
Women's Fly Tying class series: Class 3, Advanced tying techniques, Dry flies