Part Twenty-nine

Add Confidence When You Tie
By George E. Emanuel

A couple of weeks ago one of my fly tying students, having some difficulty with an operation, said aloud, "this damn thing will never catch a fish anyway!"

Sad to say he is probably right.

When you sit down at your bench, whether to tie old standards, or to experiment with a new pattern, it is of the utmost importance that you do so with confidence. If you like to speak aloud, by all means satisfy your urge.

But say, "damn, the fish are going to gobble this sucker up!"

Too many times on stream we see fisherman beating themselves, standing where they should be fishing etc.

This is bad enough in and of itself. Why on earth would we want to study tactics for approach, presentation, fighting and releasing fish, and then fish a fly in which we had little or no confidence?

Many prophecies are self-fulfilling, and success on stream is no exception. If you think positive, you may well have a positive result. Conversely, negative thoughts are a sure path to failure.

Don't handicap yourself at the bench. Tie the best flies you can, the fish will not mind, and quite possibly will show their appreciation for your imperfections.

The whole purpose of our craft is to relax and enjoy some time away from the day to day tension under which we all suffer. Don't add another layer of stress to your burden, relax and have fun. You will be rewarded far beyond your wildest imagination for the effort!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too!~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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