Ladyfisher

This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm

December 27th, 2004

Whose Rules?

How did you learn to fish?

Did someone teach you? A family member perhaps? Did you take a class? Read books? Watch movies or videos? Trial and error?

Perhaps you fished with a friend as a child or teenager. Long before girls and cars were the rage and hormones were raging.

Note, the operative word was fished. Not fly fished.

Not a trick, you chose to read what you chose to understand.

What were the 'rules' you fished by when you were just fishing? Was it fishing for the table? Or for sport? Did how many fish you caught matter? Or was it the manner of fishing which mattered? Or perhaps the specie of fish? Or didn't any of those matter? Was it just something to do? No learning required?

Take it to the level you wanted.

When did you learn to fly fish?

Why?

Please give this some thought; this could be of some importance.

Was it because you admired someone who fly fished? Or you thought it looked neat? Or thought fly fishing in those places was especially beautiful? When you decided to learn to fly fish did any of the rules change? How did you learn to fly fish? Back to the original questions: Did someone teach you? A family member perhaps? Did you take a class? Read books? Watch movies or videos? Trial and error? Are you still learning?

When you leave your home to fly fish, how do you decide what to take to the stream, river, lake? What rod? What line? What flies? In other words, what words, tapes, voices - whatever you want to call it - are you seeing, hearing, playing in your head? What frame of reference are you calling on to give yourself any kind of an edge for success?

Do you make any sort of a conscious plan?

Whose rules are you playing by? If you want to be successful, they must be yours - and you must know what they are.

Can you call yourself successful if you are using someone else's rules?

To succeed you need your own rules; and the ability to follow them. ~ DLB

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