More important than fly fishing

More important than fly fishing

I’ve watched this speech number of times over the last nearly 30 years. Jimmy V gives a great speech.

Not everybody can give a great speech. In fact very few can. Very few.

Jimmy Valvano gives a good speech.

This speech brings me to tears every time. And leaves me feeling uplifted.

It also makes me recognize that many things are more important than fly fishing. Way more important.

1600 Americans die from Cancer everyday. Everyday. There are so many things more important than fly fishing. Just lost my mother and mother -in-law this past month. Both to cancer. I’ve published this article, video several times. And again today. Was moved by it far before either of them diagnosed with the big C. We are all touched by cancer in some way.

Fly fishing can give us a release that is important to many of us. Mental health is important.

Balancing, understanding, and metabolizing all of the stressors in our daily lives is pretty tough in the current climate.

So fly fishing is a healthy release.

But again realize that it is a minor player in the overall scope of our lives.

Jimmy V. Watch this speech if you have not. Watch it again if you have. I think it is a vehicle to center myself, and maybe you too.

A good reminder to donate to causes like cancer research. While most of us may not know many who have lost the COVID battle, we all know  humans who have been affected by cancer.

Thanks Jimmy V. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

Words of wisdom for fly fishing, and beyond.


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  • allan roberts
    December 3, 2020 8:40 am

    Jimmy V was such an inspiration

    as he said a good day is when ….you think…you laugh…and you cry

  • Yep Allan. Agree.

  • Thanks Mark great message today.

    I think this speech is included in the ESPN 30 for 30 episode Survive and Advance. It is a great one to watch. It has the 1982-83 season with Jim Valvano and his NC State Wolfpack winning the national championship after losing 10 games that season. It’s all about believing and never giving up no matter the obstacles or odds.

  • And better yet, over 250 Million Dollars raised for cancer research!

  • Thank you Mark.

  • Carroll Jenkins
    April 1, 2023 6:08 pm

    Thanks Mark. No other Flyshop, that I know of, addresses the myriad of social issues that you do. Commendable!

  • It is painful to hear of your loss of both of your Moms… prayers to you and your entire family…I hope you are able to find some peace and calm on the river …Jimmy V’s Speech is simply one of the most memorable ever.

  • allan roberts
    April 2, 2023 5:58 am

    So sorry for your loss….every day is indeed a gift

  • Sorry for your loss.

  • wayne e clayton
    April 2, 2023 8:35 am

    Lost my wife of 25 years 2 years ago to Kidney Cancer.It is so true that you don’t know what you have till lt’s gone

  • Wayne. Always appreciate your comments and input and reality and truth. Feel for you man. And all cancer losses. Devastating.

    • wayne e clayton
      April 3, 2023 6:21 am

      Yes they are,seems we spend so much on anything else and so little on curing cancer

    • wayne e clayton
      April 3, 2023 9:19 am

      Hi Mark.
      I grieve for your losses as well.One thing that got me through was remembering all the good times we had.We don’t seem to cherish people as much as we should.

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