One of the aspects of fly fishing that keeps me always challenged and entertained is that there is no shortage of things to learn from the sport. It is a great paradigm if you consider that it's an activity that is easy enough for anybody to learn to do their first day out but could take an entire lifetime to master. One thing I like to challenge myself with is always thinking outside the box. Just because the fish ate this fly in the same spot yesterday doesn't mean it will be the same tomorrow. Once you find something that works it might be the the time to change up. That may seem strange because once you find the right setup the natural reaction is to stick with that and catch the rest of the fish. Taking the risk of using a fly, for example, that you have never caught a fish on may unlock another door to what works and what doesn't.
Keep switching things up in terms of fishing styles as well helps you become a better angler. We've been talking a bit lately about spey casting and that is a perfect example since I end up using a lot of spey techniques even in my single handed trout fishing. Try a snake roll or double spey on a small creek and you pretty much eliminate the danger of hanging up your flies on the back cast. On the other side of the spectrum I find the more I practice a smooth delivery of power on my single hand cast the more my two handed cast benefits. So learning something different often gives you that extra edge on something you already know how to do.
The great thing about the fly fishing community is that we all share the same passion regardless of the species we target or locations we inhabit. I love swapping stories and rigging ideas with my tarpon guide buddies and have found a number of useful techniques that translate to trout fishing.
Give yourself a challenge and commit to throwing dries all day even if you're not seeing heads or ty a dozen flies with a material you've never used before. You'll find it extremely rewarding and empowering. Do you think Lefty Kreh got to were he is by casting a boober everyday?