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Understanding the Fly Fisher in Your Life

Are you a non-angler? Are you confused and frustrated by the fisher in your life? Are you ready to throw in the towel and swear off any type of relationship or knowledge of someone who fly fishes? Well then this is for you.  There is hope.


If not impossible, it is rare that any of us flyrodders live and work and play only with other flyrodders.  Somewhere in our life we regularly interact with those who do not fly fish.  This was written to help those individuals, the non-fly fishers.

It is sometimes frustrating, but more often confusing, to have this fly fishing person in your life.  There is help, and there are a few things I can tell you that may bring you a little closer to that fisherman…or at least be able to tolerate him or her.  Let us begin…

  • If you catch your man (or woman!) staring at an attractive girl with a gaze full of longing and lust, fear not.  It’s the feathers we want.
  • Some of us keep a journal and write in it religiously and profusely, typically keeping it tucked away in a safe place.  Don’t bother sneaking a read; there isn’t a word in it about you.
  • If we are out with you and your non-fishing friends and we order a PBR, it means we are thinking about fishing.   If it is a new moon and we’ve mentioned rodents in the past 36 hours, then give it up and call for the check.
  • If you dump waste and chemicals down storm sewers, keep the peace and leave that detail out…forever.
  • If you are lucky enough to know a night fisherman, all you need to know or do or say is r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
  • If you are puzzled at the number and fullness of all our flyboxes, understand this: there are 900,000+named insects on the planet; be glad we don’t imitate them all.
  • If you have no idea how we can talk about fishing for so long or so much, time yourself and see how long you can go without breathing.  Ok, it’s like that.
  • If you think we are lying or crazy when we say we are going fishing–walking through the river–and it’s so cold that our equipment freezes mid-air like something out of a cartoon, believe me: we are going fishing and love it.  Accept it.
  • Fly fisherman don’t use bobbers.  We use “indicators.”  Yes, they are the same thing.  Exactly.

And last…

  • There are several words we use and you think–but you’re wrong–you know what they mean.  A few examples are: hooker, swinger, nympho, spinner (check out this fishing website for help with those), Sex Dungeon, toad, pig, Brownie, hatch, fly, leader, drift, family vacation and of course…love.

As it turns out, your situation is rather hopeless.  Your only choice is to take that fly fisher out for a nice night on the town and order the PBR for him.



…Check Please!!


  1. Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm | #

    Gave me a good chuckle. Great post – love it Will! :)

    • Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm | #

      Thanks, Jen. It was time to loosen up a bit on the blog.

  2. Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | #

    Ha! Really good stuff…Thanks for the laugh!

    …PBR, yes please

    • Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm | #

      Let’s go mousing.

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