Fly Fishing: What the Hell Happened?

How did this so slowly evolve without some alarm bell being activated? I recently found myself taking a break during the course of a short four hour window of fishing. I sat down on a bench and took in the river. No edgy energy. No sense of urgency. I just sat there and took it in.

It seems like just yesterday that I hit the river at first light and fished all day with seldom a break for lunch. I had boundless energy. I recall the slightly older gents I fished with barely got in an hour or two and they would retreat to sit and socialize shore side. Why, I wondered? We were burning daylight and opportunities. Why would anyone squander this precious time on the water?

Now, something has changed. Less testosterone? Less serotonin? Injuries? I have always appreciated nature and had an eye for the beauty near and far from the water, but took it in while intensely focused on fishing. So, is seems to be this change is upon me. I sense it is not a passing phase, but rather a transition. Embrace it? Like so many things in life, at my age, you adapt and strive for a positive attitude. Hell, what’s next…naps on camping trips? It’s all good.

6 Responses to “Fly Fishing: What the Hell Happened?”

  1. November 27, 2019 at 07:34

    We may well follow a pattern 🙂


  2. 3 craig
    January 31, 2011 at 11:42

    an old black man who was teaching me the intricasies of hole digging said that a shovel held just a shovelful of dirt and putting more in it was a waste of energy.

    i walk slower, by design, and see more. I see more and understand it better. i care about it because i understand it.

    hell, at my age i really should have done all the things that required hurrying and it seems we’ll get to the end soon enough.


  3. 4 Charles J.
    January 30, 2011 at 09:30

    Look at it this way you will not mind, as much, the tangles, break offs, re-rigging, lost fish, intrusions and all other manner of distractions that previously raised your ire. I enjoy that now. My Type A personality has mellowed and my mind, heart and health are better for it. Perhaps that is what those old ‘gents’ knew. They knew you would be there soon enough. Best wishes.


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