It seems the longer I am around fly fishing the less
I know about it. Oh, it's not that I don't have answers,
I have plenty; just not sure of the questions anymore.
A lot of what I write on here is designed to try to help
guys figure things out for themselves. Like, how in the
heck can I tell a guy what he would like in a rod? So I
bring up things that will have a person asking themselves
questions and it will be their answers that will help them
make the choice. For instance, "what kind of rod should I
get for trout fishing?" It might help to ask him what size
the water is that he plans to fish. Or the fish themselves.
Or the flies.
But, I run into opposition when I post on the Bulletin
Board. Most of the comments I make are targets for argument.
If I give a direct answer there are those who will offer
the direct opposite advise. That is not good for the newby.
Especially when the advise is directly wrong. If I answer
by asking questions to help the newby figure things out
this is met with what do I really mean. I am often tempted
to never, ever, post any thing of there again. Or continue
these columns for that matter.
Many times on the Bulletin Board there will be a subject
that starts off innocently but will get sidetracked and
tempers will flair, emotions will come out, names may be
called and things get out of control. I used to try just
removing the last most offensive post, but found that
then both sides got angry as by then they both were anxious
for a good fight and wanted it to continue. The only way
left, which is what I do now, is to pull the whole thread
down. No one ever knows what the last post was, or who put
it up, but it caused the whole thing to be killed. If that
is the was some want to play, by screwing things up and
making it bad for the others, I have no control over it.
Life is like that. Some jerks can screw up things for the
rest. There are responsibilities for actions. Although they
always whine and complain when it happens, and I get blamed
for taking it down. Well, such is life.
There seems to be a tendency in today's folks to demand
answers to everything. To not be able to find or figure
out anything for themselves, but that somehow we all must
be slave to their demands. I think it is the schools that
turn out these idiots. Pumped with answers without the
ability for thought. Zero tolerance is a good example of
such a tactic. No thought needed. Just fill in the little
check boxes. Keep out of responsibility. Do not make waves.
Don't rock the boat.
I am old enough to remember the last ice age, it was called
'global cooling.' They made a big deal out of it. Guess we
succeeded. Now it's fashionable to go the other direction.
The last time the globe warmed up we hadn't invented cars
yet. Simple solution, once a day everybody hold your breath
for half a minute, especially the hogs at the troughs in
Washington DC. Be tolerant of everyone else's opinion, as
long as they agree with you. Support our troops, but hope
they quit shooting people. Press one for English. Let's have
lots of little countries here. Bring all the great features
of the lands everyone flees from. Do not erect wind-farms in
front of a politicians house, it makes them grouchy. Do not
drill for oil. Keep the pipelines flowing from other countries,
good for the exchange rate.
There are a few more things I could mention but I don't want
this to sound like a rant, folks find them offensive and we
get nasty email's asking us, "How could you possibly..." Tired
of them. Send them to someone who might actually care. Hope you
find time to get out soon. Been a long winter. ~ James Castwell