Posts Tagged ‘learning



24
Sep
12

Stars Align for Fly Fishing

I enjoy the whole learning process at SwittersB & Fly Fishing. I am by no means a self professed expert. I study like you do and savor those gems of wisdom that add to our book of knowledge…a very loose leaf book of knowledge. I like to share the fun stuff I find.

Photo by MJM

This past few days, I had an opportunity to escape for a few days with my wife. I was relaxed and at ease while I fished. Less concerned with numbers, size of fish, self competition to succeed. Such traps have been my self imposed silos of thought in the past, that cause unnecessary stress. Factor in time constraints and competing life forces and the last thing one needs is a competitive bent.

That said, I do like to assess…assess what I think I know with what I observe and how it sorts out in some measurable successes. The past few days were a blend of successes: observing the habitat and selecting the perfect flies to present and, of course, the best measurement of success… cooperative fish. 

Photo by MJM

The weather was perfect: the winds for stillwater fly fishing were mild, the temps pleasant. The pace was steady and peaceful. The body didn’t suffer too badly. The mind was at peace. The company was great!

Time for me, like for most of you, is limited to go fishing. Wanderlust can prevail, especially when one gets seduced by the fishbum life style. Not there for me, nor will it ever be. So, I have to enjoy the limited time and not taint it with over achieving mind games, that in the end rob me of the renewing qualities available for me. The stars aligned just fine for me.

20
Aug
12

Nymphing Basics

 

Pheasant Tail Nymphs by SwittersB.

I recently had a friend remark about reading my blog, but not understanding a portion. I enquired about the confusion. It was a very simple concept. I had not elaborated with more specificity because I just assumed it was so obvious. But, that was a mistake on my part. The basics of fly fishing, like riding a bike, seem so simple, so natural that we (I) forget the beginner’s learning process…from the very beginning. This blog has always been steered toward two things: info for the beginner and visual/mental stimulation for the active fisher that wants, needs, craves to be out there, but because of real life, just can’t make it out there anytime soon.

Many people are out and about this time of year fishing, camping, picnicking, celebrating their family and friends. I notice my blog numbers drastically drop each weekend and surge back up on weekdays.  You are out enjoying life or perhaps like me out taking care of real life obligations and duties that prohibit outdoor/recreational visits.

So, periodically I will share links that provide a refresher of basics about how to tie flies or rig up for fly fishing presentations. So, here are a few simple pieces about rigging/fishing small nymphs that will act as a how to helper for beginners: (an Orvis piece) (a Hubpages piece).

 




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