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by Deanna Lee Birkholm
December 27th, 2004
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
How did you learn to fish?
Did someone teach you? A family member perhaps?
Did you take a class? Read books? Watch movies
or videos? Trial and error?
Perhaps you fished with a friend as a child
or teenager. Long before girls and cars were
the rage and hormones were raging.
Note, the operative word was fished. Not fly fished.
Not a trick, you chose to read what you chose to
What were the 'rules' you fished by when you were
just fishing? Was it fishing for the table?
Or for sport? Did how many fish you caught
matter? Or was it the manner of fishing which
mattered? Or perhaps the specie of fish? Or
didn't any of those matter? Was it just something
to do? No learning required?
Take it to the level you wanted.
When did you learn to fly fish?
Please give this some thought; this could be of
Was it because you admired someone who fly fished?
Or you thought it looked neat? Or thought fly fishing
in those places was especially beautiful? When you
decided to learn to fly fish did any of the rules
change? How did you learn to fly fish? Back to
the original questions: Did someone teach you?
A family member perhaps? Did you take a class?
Read books? Watch movies or videos? Trial and
error? Are you still learning?
When you leave your home to fly fish, how do you
decide what to take to the stream, river, lake?
What rod? What line? What flies? In other words,
what words, tapes, voices - whatever you want to
call it - are you seeing, hearing, playing in your
head? What frame of reference are you calling on
to give yourself any kind of an edge for success?
Do you make any sort of a conscious plan?
Whose rules are you playing by? If you want to be
successful, they must be yours - and you must know
what they are.
Can you call yourself successful if you are using
someone else's rules?
To succeed you need your own rules; and the ability
to follow them. ~ DLB
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