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Basics to becoming a better angler - The 4 C's

Education. I don’t know what it is that pushes someone to become intent upon teaching others a craft. Maybe it’s that next step in the progression of a purists pursuit of perfection. You come to enjoy a craft to the point where, just maybe, your skills are better used to help others progress. We know we can catch fish. But when we share our knowledge with others in the fishing community, and see the fruits of that labor, it’s like we are catching those fish right along with you. Our passion for fishing has flourished into fly fishing education on a grand scale. Within this community full of stereotypes, misconceptions, and mythical ideologies that aspiring fly flingers may find off-putting or challenging, we hope to spark a glimmer of simplicity that might help light the way for others hoping to advance their fly fishing craft.

What we find when teaching others to fly fish is that it can be easy to get caught up on one specific area of the sport. Maybe casting is difficult for you, or bugs are just not your thing...it's easy to get hung up on that. But when you take a step back and realize that flyfishing can be broken up into four segments, each of equal value, it might be easier to see the bigger picture. Yeah, maybe my casting sucks now, but I'll work on that while I enjoy the other 75% of what fly fishing brings to the table. Here are things we should be focusing on as fly fishing skill seekers:

Creating (25%)

  • Opportunities
  • Fly patterns
  • Presentations (most of fishing according to Mark Sosin)
  • Memories
  • Luck

Coordinating (25%)

  • Trips
  • Plans
  • Approach
  • Community
  • Education

Casting (25%)

  • Get acquainted with the rod
  • Extension of your arm
  • 10-2
  • Slow/Accelerate/Stop
  • Styles
  • Stripping

Catching (releasing) (25%)

  • Presentation
  • Fighting Fish
  • Netting/Handling (keep ‘em wet)
  • Release

We could likely fill a book with explanations and examples, and will go into greater detail on these areas in future posts, but for now, take it all in. Enjoy the ride. Don't get caught up on a little piece of the puzzle. Just come back to it when you're ready. And, as always, do not hesitate to give us a call if you have questions. That is the best way to learn.