[This is the second in a series of posts about somewhat unconventional advice for becoming a better angler. It’s not tips, tricks or tactics, as such, but suggestions for becoming an overall better angler that you might not otherwise think of.]
A few years ago, not long after I moved to British Columbia, I took up fly fishing. The decision to make the switch wasn’t really one that I took lightly, nor was it something that I particularly wanted to do. I did, as I’ve talked about in the past, because I wasn’t really catching any fish and I was looking to change that.
Despite all hesitance in the beginning, it turned out to be a decision that I have never regretted. Not once (okay, only in so much as it turned a simple hobby into an obsession, but that’s another issue altogether). In the time since I started fly fishing I’ve noticed something else, besides just being able to catch fish in my local waters, I’ve actually gotten better at catching fish period. This isn’t something I attribute to fly fishing itself, per se, but more to the fact that I took the time to learn something new, which I can’t remember ever having done when it comes to fishing before.