S4:E40 What We’d Tell Our 20-Year-Old Fly Fishing Selves

If we had it to do over again, we’d do a few things differently. In this episode, we ask the question, “What would we tell our 20-year-old fly fishing selves?” One answer is that we’d have spent fewer years as do-it-your-selvers. That is, we’d have pursued more fly fishing instruction in our 20s. We’d be much better fly fishers today. We identify a handful of big ideas that we think could benefit fly fishers just starting out.


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What would you tell your 20-year-old self, if anything? Some of you might say, “Get out on the river right now!” We look forward to your comments.


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6 Replies to “S4:E40 What We’d Tell Our 20-Year-Old Fly Fishing Selves”

  1. Recently I’ve met several people who have just retired and want/are taking up fly fishing. Would you tell them anything different then you’d tell your 20 year old selves

    1. That is a terrific question … maybe one additional thing:

      Don’t associate how hard it is to learn with your age. That is, don’t think that if you were younger, you’d pick it up any quicker. I think for many of us, no matter our age, it’s a lot to learn initially. Just stick with it – and get more days on the water.

  2. Morning
    Might be interested in having Dave Sweet on one of your upcoming podcasts.

    Dave has spent about the last ten years in helping the effort to remove Lake Trout from Yellowstone Lake. Some of his efforts are documented in the latest edition of the F3T tour to give you an idea of the efforts in the fight to save the Yellowstone Cutthroat.

  3. Dave,
    I would tell myself to keep an ongoing journal of each on stream experience. Not only would this be helpful in building knowledge about fish behavior under varying conditions but it would also provide a wonderful way of reflecting back on the past season or prior seasons.

    1. This is a great idea, Ed! I actually started this about the time I turned 40, and it’s been a tremendous resource to review and remember what worked (and what didn’t) and what the conditions were like.

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