Time to fly fish is a snap if you’re living in the American West or near some great streams. And if you have no other responsibilities in life. If you are not a fly fishing professional (and we’re not), you probably have a job. You may have a spouse. You may have kids. If so, then it’s not a slam dunk to find time to fly fish at will. In “Time to Fly Fish Amid the Busyness of Life,” we discuss the challenges of getting out on the river in the various stretches of life. And we provide some practical ways to focus your time.
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4 Replies to “S2:E8 Time to Fly Fish Amid the Busyness of Life”
I really enjoy your podcasts, partly because neither of you put on airs about your skill or expertise. I make time for my fly fishing by also not trying to put on airs. I live on the east coast (Washington, DC) and while I love to fish for wild trout in rural Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; I’m also not above hitting a scrubby little stream 20 minutes from my house to fly fish for blue gill, crappies and bass. I make time for fly fishing by not pretending that every outing has to look like a scene from A River Runs Through It; if I did that, I’d fish 3 times a year instead of 3 times a week.
Thanks, Bob. That’s a great point about not putting on airs about where we fly fish. We have to be grateful for the places to which we have access. I sometimes fish a stretch of river not far from downtown Milwaukee. Believe me, the surroundings don’t get mistaken for Yellowstone National Park! But I’ve grown to appreciate it and see the beauty in it–even though I usually hear sirens and though the water doesn’t look or smell like a crystal clear river in the west. By the way, it’s always great to hear from somebody on the east coast. Some of my earliest memories fishing for trout are from northern Pennsylvania.
Hi guys. Great job on this podcast – as usual.
I appreciated the reference to the thoughtfulness it takes to “make time” to fish in a busy schedule. I agree – if you make the best of your time, love your family, and do what needs to be done then they will encourage your passion to be out on the water.
Thanks, Matthew. You’re right about how being a responsible family man (or woman) makes your family more agreeable to your fly fishing habit! My wife is very supportive of my pursuit of fly fishing–far more so than I deserve. I also think she sees how it renews me and how I try to give her the time and resources to pursue what she enjoys too.
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