S5:E11 How Fly Fishers Gain Confidence

Fly fishers gain confidence by fishing for brook trout. Brook trout are forgiving, and there’s nothing like an afternoon of catching 15 brook trout to increase one’s confidence. That’s only one of several strategies that we discuss to help newer fly fishers gain confidence. It’s easy to feel discouraged during a stretch of no fish. We hope this podcast gives you hope for your next time out on the river.


Great Stuff from Our Listeners. At the of every episode, we reflect on a comment from one of our listeners. We’ve learned so much through the years from the insights and stories of our listeners.

What advice would you give to help fly fishers gain confidence? We’d love your ideas to help newbies stay the course and learn to enjoy the sport.

Please post your comments below, and we’ll consider them for our Great Stuff from Our Listener’s segment.

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Fly fishing is a wisdom sport. The more you fish, the more you accumulate tips and ideas and hacks – that make you more proficient and increase your enjoyment of the sport.

This book is just that – lists of wisdom that we’ve accumulated through the years. It has come from guides, fly fisher friends, from our reading, and from watching videos.

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5 Replies to “S5:E11 How Fly Fishers Gain Confidence”

  1. Yes you mention losing confidence when your not catching fish. Its magnified when your not catching fish all the while your fishing partner is having the time of his or her life . Ughhhh. A big time confidence destroyer

  2. When I guided younger children, I often would be told what “great patience” I have. My reply was always: “I don’t have or need patience, I just remove expectation”. Leave your ego in the car and just enjoy the gift of what the waters hold. Confidence will come in learning, experience and time. Numbers may do it at first, but lasting confidence is not measured in numbers. It comes in perhaps tying your own flies, reading waters, understanding changing behaviors and making fine presentations. Frustration shouldn’t be confused with lacking confidence. We all have had and will continue to have “those days”.

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