The Thing about Fly Fishing is…is that it is for everyone.
If you ask 100 fly fisherman why they fish, you may get 100 different answers.
But I would speculate that many of the answers would include fellowship, friendship, enjoying the outdoors, and escape from our very real everyday lives.
I think that may be the underlying reasons for many of of our passion based pursuits. It usually starts with a friend introducing us to fishing It may not have been fly fishing, or it may have been. But fishing is a passion that many have found throughout their lives and memories of family, neighbors, and mentors fill our minds as we pass on through this fly fishing life.
The thing with fly fishing is that it lies within the entirety if the experience. We commonly start out with the fascination of just catching the fish. Whether it be a trout, a sunfish, crappie, perch…it matters not. The wiggle of the line in our shaking hands drives us just nuts. What is it about that first feeling of joy, total loss of control, and success of landing that first fish.
Friends and family are along for the ride from beginning and throughout our fishing travels. While we may occasionally fish by ourselves, a vacation by our lonesome; we cannot go through the process without one or both of these two very important subsets.
Fly fishing has become a pastime, a sport, and a passion for many of us. You can participate at whatever level you desire. No longer do you have to be a hardcore angler that spends every evening tying flies while practicing casting each and every morning.
There are some that choose to fish a few days a year. On vacation whether it be for cold or warm water fish. Some even choose to fish the salt. There are others that fish when they get a chance on the weekends and after work.
What is great about the current evolution of fly fishing lies in the styles of types of fishing you choose to do. Not too long ago, certainly in my lifetime, an angler was defined as well as confined to dry fly fishing. Or fishing wet flies. All of that has gone by the wayside as nymphers, dry fly anglers, and streamer chuckers all belong.
The exchange of information and the availability of the massive volume of internet information allows us to learn at a breakneck pace if we so wish.
We commonly see anglers that love to dry fly fish, but will nymph fish until insects appear on the surface. Why not? If you define matching the hatch in a manner that includes matching the hatch subsurface, then we can participate at at least a couple levels.
Nymphing continues to evolve daily as new fly lines, leaders, bobbers, camouflage split shot while not forgetting the plethora of new nymph patters debuting yearly encourages all anglers to personally grow with every fishing experience.
Dry fly lines, 12′ leaders, stronger tippet, and here too the continual creativity of the dry fly designer keeps us on our toes and this exciting environment plays right into the hands and minds of the dry fly addict.
Streamer rods, hi-tech streamer lines that give us a way to achieve the proper depth we choose, articulated streamers, fantastic new materials for dressing up our patterns that not only look great in the fly shop but perform amazingly well.
This really is a fun time for the fisherman. The freedom to learn, fish, and communicate with others is unprecedented. Social media lets us keep in touch with those prized fishing partners, family, and long lost friends. There too the exchange of information, pictures and techniques has never been better.
So enjoy this era of fly fishing. It has never been better for us the angler. What a great fraternity we belong too. Fly fishing is a sport that we invite all to attend, to participate, to fish! Teach your kids, your neighbors and your co-workers. Join a Trout Unlimited chapter, a Federation of Fly Fishers club, or just enjoy the good of the common angler.
The thing about fly fishing is…that it is for everyone.