S4:E26 Avoiding Fly Fishing Burnout

Fly fishing burnout seems like a malady for someone with too much time on his or her hands. But there can be too much of a good thing. Some have taken time away from the sport, others have stopped fly fishing altogether. In this episode, we grapple with the topic and try to frame the issue into the larger context of our lives. We look forward to your reaction to the topic.


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We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Have you ever experienced fly fishing burnout? Have you ever intentionally stepped away from the sport for a while?


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2 Replies to “S4:E26 Avoiding Fly Fishing Burnout”

  1. Good podcast about burnout. I am a physician and its a real deal for our profession as it is in many professions and pastimes. I would add to your dictionary definition that burnout, based on personal and common experience is not a brief feeling, rectified by one day of rest on the last day of of one of your trips as you alluded to in your podcast, but it’s a pervasive negative attitude and emotional distaste for the formerly enjoyed activity/hobby/job. It resonated with me as I had over 25 days of fly fishing in the Bahamas, Florida and the North Rockies this year. I had a great time but I got a little burnt out because I was on the move all the time, between work and play; It didn’t recharge me as it has in the past. I’m sure your listeners are really feeling really sorry for me. Seriously, I sometimes finish a trip and the thought of planning and gearing up for another trip is not met with enthusiasm. Your podcast about Steve getting started in European Style Nymphing was very informative, interesting and after thinking about it, it invigorated me and it was just what I needed as a shot in the arm for my fishing passion. I’m tying flies and may get a ESN rod for Christmas. I’m going to try to find a little more balance in my life as well-I’ve not spent much of my life just relaxing. Thank you for your wise words.

  2. Ok after some serious thinking and listening to your podcast and more thinking. I’ve come to the conclusion that what I believe to be burn out could be , just might be that I find myself bored of fly fishing the same water over and over . Tossing a fly to fish that have been caught released several times. That have seen every imitation of thier food source floated by them imaginable. Fishing the same old waters and catching the same fish all the time has made me lazy as well. Just no ambition . What I need is to book a trip, find waters that see very few fly fisherman . Catch fish that have never been hooked . I just need to find new waters that I can rekindle that fire . To seek out a new species of trout. Maybe grayling. I think that’s exactly what I will do . Search the internet for a remote waters where I can enjoy the art of fly fishing with the knowledge I could be the only fly fisherman within 500 miles. You know what I’m starting to get excited just thinking about it . Thanks guys . Oh I just got my soap . Pine tar is one of my favorites. Caught me off guard with the exfoliating but the fragrance is awesome thanks for turning me onto Sasquatch.

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