However, too many of us have assumed that pretension for ourselves. We’ve accepted for ourselves that dignity that is alone reserved for the act of fly-fishing, not the fly-fisherman. We cast aspersions upon those who choose to fish in some other manner than ours, calling them bait droppers or spin jockeys. We degrade the fair chase of others in the pursuit of self-glory and vanity.
What we’re actually doing however, is much worse than puffing up our own chests. We are creating a class that many of these “bait droppers” will never want to enter. We mock and jest but we never invite. Lose the pretension, remember what it was like when you took that first fish on a fly, and always know that you owe everything to the river. And always realize that it is in confident humility that the fish will rise.
Drop the act and remember that we’re all human, and even though we’ve attempted to find the perfection in this chaotic life, we are not above anyone for doing so. In fact, our very charge is to help others achieve. As always, Good Luck and Guid Luck!