When I was younger and wet behind the proverbial ears as an angler, I had trouble understanding the concept of a “fly fishing lifestyle.”
“What does that even mean?” I’d say. “Fishing is a hobby. Lifestyles are things like being philanthropic, eating healthy or rooting for the Patriots.”
I was seriously mistaken.
Thanks to my father, an avid fisherman, I learned the basics early on. I was fly fishing around Boston by the time I was 12. Fishing New England still water with sinking line and streamers, I learned to cast, retrieve and take flawless “grip and grin” photos. But, I was only scratching the surface of what fly fishing would be for me.
Developing the river-bug several years ago, I found a community in which I was eager to play a part. Through sweat equity and the help of fishing mentors, I learned to fish local rivers. Through a willingness to step outside my comfort zone, I tried new styles and fished far-away places. Through social media I have encountered cool companies and brands. But, here was the catch (pun): None of that was the true payoff.
Through fly fishing, I have become closer with old acquaintances. I have also met incredible people that I now count among my closest friends. One, Alex Bagdonas, even writes for this blog!
Yes, we are pursuing fish. That is the end-result we all hope for in this sport. But, fly fishing has so much more to offer us all: knowledge, a love of nature, exotic destinations, rewarding experiences and perhaps most of all, friendships. It’s collectively what I now understand to be the fly fishing lifestyle.
I’m chomping at the bit or, to create my own idiom, snatching at the dry fly that is contributing on BlogFlyFish.com. I am an outgoing personality with a passion for FUN.
Consequently, you’ll find a hint of (often nonsensical) humor in my writing, as well as scattered wordplay throughout. In a world, up to its gills in formal rhetoric, I say take the scales and tippet. Life is just more fun with fish puns.
My name is Tom Robbins, and I am very excited to share my fly fishing lifestyle with you!