Fly fishing has been the most constant and prevailing aspect of my entire life. For that, I am thankful for.
No matter how erratic my course may seem between changing jobs, moving, and being in and out of school, I can say without question that standing in the river waving a stick has always grounded me in some steady fashion. The ironic part is that much of the change in all other aspects of life has been caused by my constant pursuit of chasing fish with feathers.
Many curious souls wander through the shop doors perplexed by all the different aspects of the sport. “Wouldn’t it just be easier to drown a worm?” –they ask. As an answer to their question I offer this: All the different components of fly fishing prevent any single person from ever mastering the sport. There is always another fly to tie, species of fish to chase, location to visit, method of cast, person to teach, to keep people chasing perfection their entire lives. This is a main reason fly fishing has so many life long participants.
Along this never-ending quest toward perfection, I have and will continue to see amazing things and meet extraordinary people. All things considered, these are the two components of my passion I am most thankful for. The people I meet and the places I get to explore have shaped my life in a way nothing else could have.
Going through my back stock of images today, trying to pick out a single photo to show what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving proved impossible. This blog post serves as a small sliver showing some of the people and places associated with fly fishing that stand out the most as I think back over the recent past.
Among many friends, Bob Tusken has had a substantial impact on how I view the sport. He too has led a life revolving around coldwater and tiny hooks, and I am thankful for the stories he has shared.
Fly fishing takes you to awesome places definitely worth giving thanks to. Instead of rambling on, I will let the pictures do the talking.
So, lets all take a moment this holiday weekend to think of our own individual passions, be it fly fishing or something else, and remember all the unique people we have met and places we have seen along the way. Let’s be thankful for these aspects of our lives, and look forward to many more exciting fishy adventures to come!