General Fly Coarse Sea Tackle
s a person who oers an angling guidingservice to people during a seven-monthseason, there are a ew things that standout continuously over time. Some o thosethings are very regular in their appearanceand particularly over the last ew years one o those things that appeared again and again was how stressed and ‘disconnected’ peopleoten eel they are rom the things they likeddoing – shing or example. I oten wonderedover a day spent with a client as to his or herreal reason or being here. Many people haveescaped. An escape that I am much more awareo now than I was say ve years ago. I havelearned to listen and to be quiet or a lot o thetime.Escaping generally means having to returnunortunately, and at the end o the day youhope you have done a good job. You eel thata lot o the time or many people the day ordays are not about the shing, it’s much morethan that. And I have also learned very quickly to recognise the promises people make tothemselves – “I must do this more oten.” “Ishould make more eort.” “I will stay at thepractice.” Tese things are said and too otensimply don’t apply.On a more personal level, I eel that I haveound y-shing ar too late in lie. I oten wonder where I would be today i I had oundit earlier. I couldn’t be happier with my currentlie; it’s pretty normal and yet very satisying. I wouldn’t change it or the world. Tings thathave let indelible marks and that have changedme since I was 30 years o age are my wie, my children, and y-shing. I cannot express thatchange or how it aects me but it does. WhenI work at home or long periods o time andsuddenly remember that I can simply go y-shing when I’m nished, my spirit lits every time. It’s a strange eeling that emanates romsomewhere primitive that is part o me. It isnot like any other eeling I get rom other typeso shing.Let there be no mistake about it, y-casting in the saltwater environment can be achallenging task! But too oten we create thatdifculty in our search or distance and instantachievement. Somewhere at the beginning, andoten ar too regularly, our objective becomes30m as quickly as possible. And yes, wemeasure it with ootsteps and tapes and stripsand congratulate ourselves when we get there,but we orget to look how we got there.Satisying your ego with distance oten canmake you both blind and dea. Blind to your wide, ripped open loops, blind to the broken wrist, blind to poor turnover. All we see is ourtag and leader crash landing some distanceahead o us and we are happy! Te poorhearing is a result o the shouting done by thevoice in our head – “You must cast urther”.Te rational and cool tones o sel-analysisare drowned out. We can’t hear ourselvesthink, never mind remember the words o ourinstructor.
We’d enjoy y-shing a lot more if we just slowed down andstopped forcing the pace.
offers some adviceon getting the most from your shing.