S4:E18 Overcoming a Fly Fishing Plateau

When starting out in the sport, most fly fishers struggle to build skills in all the areas required for success: casting, reading waters, grasping a cursory understanding of entomology, and simply identifying places to fish. It’s a fire hose of information, knowledge, and skill. In this episode, we focus on a different set of problems – when you’ve plateaued. That is, you may be bored with your level of proficiency or you’ve simply stopped getting better. You’ve stopped making progress. This episode is for those who want to grow. We identify some ways to get off the plateau – and to fall in love again with the sport.

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One thought on “S4:E18 Overcoming a Fly Fishing Plateau

  1. The past few months things have got kind of out of whack in my life, a death in the family and some other issues have kept me from fishing as much as I’d like and when I do get out, it seems like it’s rushed and forced. Not surprisingly, I don’t really feel that I’m progressing, one thing I’ve noticed is that I’m getting sloppy on the fundamentals. I was fishing after some pretty heavy rains and the fish were down on the bottom, but I got tired of getting snagged, so I was fishing too shallow to really be successful and on the small brookie streams I’m not paying near enough attention to being stealthy. As I’m typing this, I realize my problem is that I’m just not being fully engaged and I’m just going through the motions.