There have been a few times in my past when whatever
I was involved with at the time seemed to get boring.
It was at those times when I had learned all that was
actually necessary about whatever it was to get the
job done. Oh the impetuosity of youth. Every time
this has happened it was because my scope was too
narrow. My view of the subject limited to some small
area. Tunnel vision I call it.
Photography became one of them. Literally thousands of
slides and prints of insects and trout food. Hey, a guy
can only take so many shots of a bug. A water filled
slant-tank, a stage for the bugs, two fill lights, a
battery-pack medical ring light and double set of
extension tubes with a hot Soligar lense. Whoopie.
The fun went out of the game.
Oddly, trout fishing fell into the same category for
a while. There was a small stretch of river, years ago
back in Michigan that I fished often and learned very
well. So well that it became easy after a while. My
fault for sure, limiting my scope and view of things.
Take pictures of other things or extend my river by
ten feet and the 'game' would be back on for me.
Learning. That's where it is. I must keep the
information coming in or I grow tedious. I can not
be content to build something and let it run, I must
move on. Red Green says, "If it ain't broke, yer not
trying hard enough." I like, "If it ain't broke,
I suppose that is why I stayed at fly casting as long
as I did. Still have more to learn. And general fly
fishing, what a ways to go there too. For instance,
take any two sections of a three piece bamboo rod,
are the two ends that join with each other the same
size of does the taper step down a notch right there?
Depends. There is always more to learn, food for the
mind. Mine at least.
Sometimes it is just analyzing where I am and how
I got here. And where I should go. On that latter
I have had much guidance. Sometimes it is what can
pass along in this column. Keeping the passion going,
making sure the flame of interest is maintained,
forging ahead. Learning more. That is where the fun
is. That is where 'game' is. And I am lucky; I got game. ~ James Castwell