S3:E7 Fly Fishing Persistence and When to Quit

Fly fishing persistence is necessary if you want to catch fish. Wind, rain, cold, snow – fly fishers know the truism that the worst weather is often the best for fishing. There are times to persist. Make another cast. Walk another mile. Change up your rig one more time. And then there are times to call it quits. In this episode, we attempt to ballpark the times when persistence pays off – and when it’s time to go home.

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When did you stick it out – and have a banner day? What principles do you have for making a decision about when to fish and when to go home? We’d love to hear your stories and how you made decisions.

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2 Replies to “S3:E7 Fly Fishing Persistence and When to Quit”

  1. Great podcast. I really appreciated what Steve mentioned about making adjustments and ow Dave worked to develop his nymphing skills. To that end, there is a saying that trying the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results is the very definition of insanity. Persistence, overall a positive attribute, can become a negative virtue when there is a lack of self awareness and understanding of when to re-access. Bill Belicheck, whom I loathe as a Jet fan, is possibly the greatest coach of all time because of his ability to step back and make adjustments at the half. This too holds true for fishing. When your plan of action fails, I first attempt to make changes to my fly/lure selection and/or presentation. If I am still striking out, I will step outside of my comfort zone and work on techniques that have room for improvement or try to move out of the box and find a new method as this is the perfect time to test yourself.

    1. Terrific comment … so true about persisting when you should be making adjustments.

      I don’t know why, but I can be a Patriots fan (unless, of course, they are playing the Chicago Bears).

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