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|Wiflyfisher||February 16th, 2017, 6:59 pm|
|When I started at 12 years old many years ago i would say:|
1) Confidence in my flies I tied
2) Understanding where trout live and feed
3) Observing instead of just jumping in and start casting
|Jmd123||February 14th, 2017, 8:32 pm|
|Guys, it's called Bipolar Disorder these days...but I have a better diagnosis:|
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
As for addictions, there are much worse ones, trust me, I know. And fly fishing actually works in at least 5 different ways as an antidepressant, by elevating serotonin levels. Safer than LSD and doesn't cause ED like Prozac does...
|No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...|
|PaulRoberts||February 14th, 2017, 7:22 am|
Allan, in a city park here there is a big bronze statue of an older fisherman with a youngster sitting on his lap, the two sharing fishing talk. Sweet statue. One day as I passed the statue on my way to fish the ponds there, a mom and her young son were looking at the statue. I was lugging on my back an enormous float tube with rod holders, anchor system, sonar, obsessively organized tackle boxes, and a fistful of rods. I stopped, caught her eye, and said... "Oh man, don't get him started!"
|PaulRoberts||February 14th, 2017, 7:07 am|
|Hey, Jason, enjoyed your list; Right up my alley.|
But... I'm going to go back a ways and think about the beginner. I was involved in a youth FF education program for a bunch of years and this is what I thought was most important to get them off the ground.
1. Casting and control are critical to heading off frustration and getting to the enjoyment. Casting in itself can be a joy. Later it's HUGE in terms of catching fish. I started kids with homemade yarn rods -originally with a goldenrod switch and wetted acrylic yarn. Control tip arc to develop a tight loop and... they are on their way. With a yarn rod you can cast at home, under tables and chairs, and present to the cat. KISS instruction and fun practice time and those budding FF's are ready to rock in no time.
2. Let the fish take them to the next level. Pond bluegills and chasing the stocking truck on put-n-take trout streams are the best teachers. Show them basic line handling and presentation and the fish will do the rest.
3. Get them onto wild stream-bred trout ASAP. This is where FF becomes the intimate game that can take them deep into the natural world. Ecological understandings, so important today as we urbanize and get away from nature, become the focus.
Now, I guess this should be 4 important things, bc you have to have a mentor to take them there, both in terms of knowledge to be passed down and bc... kids can't drive.
|Falsifly||February 14th, 2017, 5:32 am|
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."