S3:E33 The Roller Coaster of Learning to Fly Fish

Learning to fly fish is the worthy pursuit of a lifetime. But the first couple years, depending on how often you fish, can be frustrating. You think it’s about casting, but that’s not even a fraction of what you need to learn to catch fish consistently. In this episode, we interview Steve’s two sons about learning to fly fish. The audio is patchy, and for that we apologize, but we thought Steve’s two sons had some great insights for newer fly fishers.

Listen now to “The Roller Coaster of Learning to Fly Fish”

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One Reply to “S3:E33 The Roller Coaster of Learning to Fly Fish”

  1. Steve and Dave: Been listening to the podcast so long that you guys are starting to feel like family. So it was a great pleasure to meet your sons on recent episodes.

    Here is a suggestion for another topic involving family members. How about a podcast on helping your spouse cope with being a fly fishing widow. You could interview your wives. Have them describe how you have helped them get through being left home alone during all those trips to the river.

    This is a tough issue. Over the last 30-plus years I have tried various explanations / excuses to justify my fly fishing habit to my wife. Things like:
    Providing a list of alternative vices that cost more than fly fishing.
    Providing a list of alternative vices that are morally worse than fly fishing.
    Telling her, “My job is so stressful I need to hit the river to relax.”
    “It’s OK with me if you take on an obsessive hobby of your own.”
    “You can come fishing with me any time.”
    “You complained about me so much I thought you wanted me to leave you alone for a few days.”
    And perhaps my worst attempt,
    “Fishing is the only way I can deal with the stress of being married to you.”

    As you can guess, none of these worked very well. My wife is now in what you might call a state of reluctant tolerance.
    Steve and Dave, please help!!
    Steve in Indiana

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