One of fly fishing’s great joys is it’s variety of opportunity. Even experienced fly fishers have more to learn. The key to recognising this is opening your mind. Once you accept that CONSISTENT success is not about luck, you are ready to move forward.
Each year I set a goal for my fly fishing, then put a plan in place to achieve it. This enables me to evolve both professionally and in my own fly fishing. The benefits to myself and my clients are huge and highly enjoyable. If this sounds like a business/career planning exercise, stay with me, it’s meant to, the structure effectively keeps me on track.
In my own fly fishing, nothing gives me a buzz like sight fishing. To visually locate, observe, stalk and capture a fish deliberately, induces an adrenaline rush to satisfy anyone. So for 2017 I set myself the goal of further improving in this area.
I’ve always been a self directed person, I like to find things out for myself. I learned much of my fishing knowledge through practical fishing experience, reading, watching video and listening to interviews. One day during my previous career, a very wise colleague (and mentor) advised me to “seek and learn from people better than myself” when looking to progress in any aspect of my life. This I’ve always found hard to do. Not due to lack of opportunity, but because of me. When I have heeded this most precious advice, it’s produced amazing results in less time.
So my plan to achieve 2017’s goal also incorporated another challenge, enlist the help of someone I know to be the best within this field. The person for the task was an easy decision. I’d been learning from him since I was 6 years old, through magazine articles, books and video. The man I’m talking about is legendary fly fisher Peter Cockwill.
Having previously met Peter during a Trout Fisherman magazine feature, I felt a day spent learning from his vast experience (and their is not much in fly fishing Peter has not done and done successfully) would be simply awesome. As it turned out the hardest part was matching up our diaries!
Having just enjoyed that day in Peter’s company, I can say without a doubt I have gained from it. He pointed out a couple of areas where I could refine my approach and imparted an absolute gem of a tip for deceiving big trout. Yes, we caught fish, but the day was about much more than that. It was time spent with one of the sport’s gentlemen, who is an awesome angler and has the ability to pass on his knowledge.
Me, well I achieved part 1 of my 2017 goal, now I have to put what I’ve learned into practice!
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