September 14th, 1998
Research Proves It
I have seen some rather silly 'research-reports'
on TV lately. At least, they seem rather silly to me. A lot
of things these days are either good for you, or really bad
for you. I am sure you have observed a few of these yourself.
Now, I am absolutely positive the folks who have did these
research-reports' are very conscientious and did a
perfectly valid job.
"To expect different results from
the same actions is a sign of insanity." Kinda like
the one above, but a slight difference. There is now
a hint of a mental problem inferred here. Not a chance
that it would fit any of us. You have to have brains
and intelligence to make enough money to be able to
acquire the equipment needed for fly-fishing. No
'loose-noodles' in our crowd. We are smart, intelligent,
and know what we like; and we like fly-fishing.
My research also points out it is
good physical exercise. Tromping in soggy waders,
climbing in and out of stream-banks, the action of
casting and retrieving flies from objects behind us,
and the various and sundry actions involved with a
'leisure-time' recreation. All good for us, physically.
These things I refer to are usually either something
you eat or do. For instance, eggs; some days they are good for you, then
other reports say they are bad. Cholesterol; same thing, how much, which
kind, what ratio? Who knows? And, if whatever it is, will it be different
So, I have decided to do a 'research-report' myself.
What the heck, if ya can't beat 'em, join 'em. The difference between 'theirs,'
and mine is only slight. I have absolutely no information, data, grants,
informed-sources, inside-info, or, anything else to draw from. It all has to
come from me. But, as you know, I am up to it. Not having facts has never
held me back before. It surely won't this time.
Now, I have to start with a 'premise.' You know, the
thing that I am about to prove, or disprove. Well, I think that Fly-fishing is
good for ya! There, what do ya think of that? Pretty strong, huh? Let me
here quote a famous person, who shall remain 'nameless.' He says that,
"People don't repeat actions that do not work." Now, I figure that fly-fishers
are 'people' and I am confident that none of us would continue to cast and
cast and cast over a simple-minded salmonid if it did not produce results. It
just would not happen. We are all a lot brighter than that. We do things that
make us feel good. Fly-fishing makes us feel good.
And how about this quote? "People do not
continue to repeat the same action, and expect it to produce
different results." Hot stuff, this. Expect different results?
Like casting and casting and casting over the same
diminutive-denizen and expecting that at some point it
will quit refusing our fly and 'take' it? Rather not.
That is not what we are all about. We know better. That
would make us angry. We fly-fish so as not to be angry.
Therefore, we do not do those things.
Next let me address the psychological
and emotional. I shall do the two together, for you can't
hardly have a good one of one without a good one of the
other. The gentle relaxation of tying an elegant and
precise fly is good for us. It would not be so if the
tying place was a cluttered mess of bits and stuff, but
in the orderly and pleasant area we all choose to tie,
one can find true peace and tranquility. If the bits
and stuff had a habit of flying off the hook, across
the table, or fell on the floor one could understand
that there may not be much pleasure in it, but, gratefully
it is not so.
To present the tied fly to a dim-witted
creature which has not evolved even to the point of
having the capacity to belch, bothers us not one twit.
Eagerly, we do so. For we are emotionally and
psychologically in darn good shape. That the creature
chomps and destroys the offering is of little concern.
My research proves that beyond a doubt.
I do hereby submit thus: Fly-fishing
is good for you, and I have here presented the data to
back that up.
Well, OK... Now, if the above was
not absolutely true and verifiable, we might be in
trouble here. But, you and I know it is. And we will
swear to it. Fly-fishing is wonderful! I shall hereby
submit my application for my grant. ~ JC
Till next week, remember ...