Lighter Side

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June 24th, 2002

The Twelve Steps of Fly Fishers Anonymous

By Cary Morlan

Publisher's Note: Cary sent this in response to the Castwell article FFA, if you missed it, click HERE.

    1. We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lines had become unmanageable.

    2. We came to believe that fishing only local waters could restore us to sanity.

    3. We made a decision to turn the choice of our fishing days over to our significant other.

    4. We made a searching and fearless inventory of our vest and pared it down to only one wet box and one dry box.

    5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of the fabricated stories we are compelled to share with others.

    6. We were entirely ready to have God remove these self aggrandizing fables from our memory.

    7. We humbly asked him to remove other anglers from our favored waters that the fish may still be there for us when we choose to relapse.

    8. We made a list of all fish we had killed and became willing to do volunteer work for our local TU chapter's stream restoration project.

    9. We made direct amends to Landowners whose property rights we had violated wherever possible, except when to do so would injure us.

    10. We continued to take our personal inventory and when we were wrong about what hatch was coming off we promptly admitted it.

    11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of Bamboo rod making and the power to buy materials in small quantities.

    12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to fly fishers, and to practice our double haul in secluded areas so as not to look like a show off. ~ Cary Morlan (Linemender).

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