- May 7, 2010
We all learn from others and pick up pointers here and there, usually more so in the beginning and gradually less so as we learn the things we need to be self reliant.To this and other replies that talk about working it out yourself. Looking at the bigger picture, how many of you have read books about fly fishing? How many have looked at videos on, eg. YouTube, on fly fishing and new fishing methods? I have the bank anglers' guide to Grafham in front of me and it tells me an awful lot about the best places to fish for particular wind directions and suitable methods to use at certain times of year. It would take years and years of fishing for me, independently, to gain that amount of knowledge contained in a little booklet. Isn't this all learning from other peoples experience and mistakes? I don't believe anyone is truly self reliant.
I'd say most of that is technical, and the application is down to us, its about the development of skills and knowing what to and when is a skill, there is no book or youtube vid that can develop skills, you need to do it, that is the journey for most.
If on the other hand you don't want particularly to learn anything but just get out and catch that's cool.