Every year I get to spend a weekend with my friend and fly fishing mentor, Larry. Larry has been fly fishing longer than anyone I know. He was fly fishing long before it was cool or hip or they were making movies about it . When I decided to get serious about fishing, Larry took me fishing. In what I hope to be a regular blog installment, I will discuss a few of Larry’s Lessons and how they have helped me to enjoy this sport more than most.
Lesson 1:Have Fun!
Have fun! Larry does not take himself too seriously. There is never a dull moment with him on the river. His stories, his comments, his jokes and anecdotes are more than enough to get you through the slow days on the river. I look forward to our conversations more than I do the fishing. He is not some stuffy Orvis wearing gentleman that will speak Latin and try to intimidate you with his knowledge in the art of fly fishing. He is just a fisherman, and a dam good one!
Let me take some of that back. He may try to speak Latin, but it will be complete nonsense. I’m not even sure if he knows what he is saying. For all anyone knows, he could be talking about body parts or mayflies. I’m not sure he cares. I know the fish don’t really care if his Latin is up to par. I do know that Gluteus Maximus was a great warrior and not a may fly! Larry taught me that!
This also is a great lesson on the importance of a like-minded friend on the river, or even a half-minded friend. I have fished with some people who made me laugh and were always willing to go on an adventure. I have also fished with some overly serious and extremely stuffy people who I would never want to fish with again. A good fishing buddy can make all the difference in making a flight, a trip, a drive, a camp, a hike, and the fishing a much more enjoyable venture. Larry has always been that guy!
Find a friend, share some laughs, and don’t take things so seriously. It’s fishing! Have Fun!