This Week's View
by Deanna L. Birkholm
January 18th, 1998
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
I've been on my soapbox the past couple of weeks - complaining
about how a trade magazine is providing information and advice to
the fly fishing shops and manufacturers which in my
opinion is very biased and untrue.
Over the years, I have occasionally heard a
disparaging word about women fly fishing. But before you get your
dander up, most of those comments have been made by OTHER WOMEN!
I guess those women who take their fishing seriously, (about 20% of the total numbers by
industry accounting) are upset when other women whine, and complain about the way they are
treated, or who sells what 'especially' for them.
I suspect, since most of us got here the
same way - by doing it - we resent those who feel they should
receive some special treatment, or should somehow be able to
just go out and fish and all the things they need to know will
just magically be transmitted to them. Without effort,
or any work on their part.
The name for this seems to be instant
gratification. You know the symptoms. They are symptoms
of our so-called culture. Mad at or tired of the kids? Send them
off somewhere. Or better yet, get a job! Hire a nanny, a sitter, or
dump them in Day Care. Life getting you down? Take a pill.
Husband not sympathetic enough? The lust has worn off and
you're stuck with love? Squeezed the toothpaste tube in the middle?
Divorce the bum. Find another one.
There are thousands of examples of the
same thing - lack of commitment! Our country is going through a
Trial of Impeachment now for the same exact reason. In this case
our President could not commit to either his Oath of Office or
Marriage Vows. His appetite for instant gratification outweighed
everything else. How sad.
Fly fishing is a commitment. A challenge.
And to many of us, a way of life. Fly fishing has more than flavored
our lives. We don't just go fishing. We are fishermen!
The thought processes we develop to solve the
challenges in a single fishing trip, become part
of our own, personal mental hard drives.
The truths we find in fly fishing are eternal.
We embrace the commitment, the challenges and the truths
because they enrich our lives. With our lives thus enriched, we
resent those who diminish it in any way.
JC and I have taught casting and fly fishing
for many years. We don't know it all, gratefully we are still
learning. We welcome with open arms the 'newbies' who
join the fraternity of fly anglers. But the bottom line is there is no
free lunch. Every fish caught is caught with effort, and time
expended learning. A commitment.
I will fight to continue and enhance that fraternity. I will fight for
the rights of those who wish to join it. And the want-to-be's?
Those looking for the instant gratification? And those eager to
get rich by targeting the wealthy instant gratification junkies?
~ Deanna Birkholm
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