It seems that the government (state and fed.) have found
plenty of reasons to pay folks for various things. I see
that in some places they will pay for funny stuff for
smoking and if you are stressed out you can take a few
moments to relax. That's nice. Caring for them. Somehow
I believe a small part of my taxes goes to help those
They seem to be laying in bed at night, eyes wide open,
struggling with yet more and more wonderful ideas of how
they can redirect my tax money. Now, please don't get me
wrong here. I am all for folks doing what ever they can
to reduce or even prevent stress and tension and all sorts
of other emotional golly-wobbles pandemic to our society
these days. That the government is willing to be involved
is left up to guys whose job is far above my pay grade.
But, I have an idea that just might reduce the number
of those so afflicted with the 'nasties,' are seemingly
doomed to for a lifetime to be afflicted with them and
are a basically hopeless case.
What if society could provide them with something that
would make them happy, keep them involved for a lifetime,
render them harmless, provide a place where they would
be either away from the general populace or striving to
do so, prop up the economic status of a sports economy
and generally make things a whole lot better for everyone.
And to it cheap too.
Buy anyone stressed out a damn fly rod. Okay, a combo;
rod, reel, line. The fact that fly fishing is addictive
should not bother the 'powers-to-be' in any way I can
notice so what could they possibly balk at? Think of
the tremendous savings these new fly fishers would
generate. New bodies to clean streams and lakes for
free. Guys scraping dead stuff from our highways and
bi-ways twenty-four hours a day, non-stop, year around.
For 're-fills' how about a prescription for some tying
materials, assuming they have already been led down that
primrose path. The possibilities are endless, remain far
less expensive than any of the programs in existence today
and the results are proven highly successful. When is the
last time you saw a fly-fisher trembling, shaking, drooling
and bleary-eyed (other than a possible Saturday morning
(very early)?) Either then or when there is a heavy hatch
of Occidentalis improbablis and all he has are number 16 BWO's?
Yes. The government solution to stress is fly fishing. Why
they have not thought of it is hard to ascertain. Probably
busy with other stuff lately, but we can always hope they
will come to their senses. After all, both of the top guys
actually are fly fishermen. Some even use cane rods, but
that is a whole other column. ~ James Castwell