5 Stages

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by David Dalan, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    So I'vee seen this before, but what do you think? What stage are you. I think I wander between stages at times. Just posting because I think its interesting fodder for conversation. Feel free to argue about beads as well.

    5 Stages of fishing...

    Stage 1: I just want to catch a fish!
    Stage 2: I want to catch a lot of fish!
    Stage 3: I want to catch big fish.
    Stage 4: I’m just happy to be out fishing.
    Stage 5: I want to pass on my knowledge and passion for fishing.
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  2. psycho Active Member

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    At my age I have done them all. I am now back at #1.:D
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  3. Billy McFly Active Member

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    I have to get better at stage 1 before I can think about stage 2 :)
  4. PT Physhicist

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    Without TRYING to sound like an egotistical prick, stage 5.

    I have more fun rowing the boat, choosing the right gear, and pointing out good water than fishing myself. Mostly fish with my fiancé or my friend Duane and I think they appreciate the effort I put in to help them find some fish.

    Linda's first steelhead and the smile says it all. My cousins holding those fish. Their first steelhead, also. Duane's done it before but only gets out maybe 3 times a year.

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  5. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I don't think you sound like a prick at all. I'm certainly stage 4-5-ish. I had more fun with the kids showing them how to whack stocker trout this spring then I did catching steelhead last winter. Hearing them squeal with joy is pure bliss.
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  6. PT Physhicist

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    With Linda and Duane, we strictly flyfish for trout on rivers and lakes. Steelhead, we toss gear. Both would rather flyfish trout than fish hardware for steelhead. But, flyfishing for steelhead is out of the question, according to them, because they're not out enough to become proficient at it.
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I'm stuck at #4. I don't fish with anybody so I don't give out all I know(which isn't much).

    Flies all the way.
  8. chadk Be the guide...

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    BS Jim - before you moved, you were solidly in 4 [edit - meant to say 5... duh]. I know, because I benefited from it more than once, as have others I know.

    I can be any one of the 1-5 depending on the day. But lately, I'm in 6. Taking a break from fishing (with some exceptions) and doing some hunting. Archery deer is my next step.
  9. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Stage 6; I have past on everything I know which took about two and a half minutes talking to mumbles.
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  10. Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Solid 4........catching fish is great but I also really enjoy being on the water surrounded by nature.
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  11. Olive bugger Active Member

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    I agree with Skysoldier. Just being out there is a treat, A fish is nice,
    but everything else around me is foremost.
  12. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    You know me, don't you. I really only fish alone unless there is somebody with me.

    Long time no hear from you. You still have that map and vise I gave you.
  13. Kaiserman content

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    Depends on my "frame of mind".

    As I get older, I become more and more aware of how generous I can be, and how selfish I can be... all at the same time.
  14. g_smolt Recreational User

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    the missing stage is 3a, to wit - Difficult fish (or condition, or situation, or presentation).

    I would also make a case for the next stage being "Catch a lot of big, difficult fish by making them do what you want"...and that's where I am stuck.
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  15. Kaiserman content

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    Nothing wrong with that statement.

    Every Super Bowl winner wants what? - Another Super Bowl ring, and then another,...
  16. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I agree, I think a 3a stage should be added :)
  17. wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Probably some other stages too-
    Stage 4 B- Happy to be not out fishing and yet existing with an alternate reality of potenital fishing spots via google maps, visual scouting, vicarious online vieiwing of reports, or daydreams consisting of largescale engineering projects (we're talking wetlands constructions, deadfall creation, dyke and riprap blasting, oxbow bend creating, overhanging bank having, opposite of the army corps of engineers stuff) that help construct an awesome fishery where there was none
  18. GAT Active Member

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    I'm stuck in Stage 3. Stage 4 sounds like you got skunked to me.

    However, I believe I can jump Stage 4 and practice Stage 5.

    I doubt if I'll ever be hanging around Stage 4. I go fishing with the absolute intent on catching fish. Just fishing ain't going to make it for me... you may as well go for a hike or something if you're happy just to "get out". I'm not happy in the least just to go fishing if I don't catch anything. There... I used a Sharpie to scratch Stage 4 off my options :)
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  19. chadk Be the guide...

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    Well, 4 was obvious - but what I really meant was 5. Helping others out.

    Map - probably used it as TP or emergency fire starter when out getting lost trying to find one of your secret spots marked on it. Actually both are sitting at my tying desk - collecting dust. But planning to start ramping that back up soon and see if any of my 8 kids will be foolish enough to enjoy tieing and I can put them to work ;)
  20. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I don't care to pass on much to anyone else. Fishing is my time, as little of it as I get. I don't suspect I'll ever really want to pass on a bunch of knowlwedge as the fun is in the learning.

    I thought I'd enjoy sharing fishing with my ladies, but they can't run downriggers. They fight in the boat and make a mess of it, I can't run gear and stear simultaneously so we rarely catch anything. Plus I'm always concerned more about their safety than catching a delicous fish.

    So this week I'll start the first little kid spey rod project, right after I finish up my gear rods. I'm holding out hope that one of them will like going steelheading with dad. If that doesn't work, I am either hosed or need to convince wifey that I should buy electric downriggers.

    Go Sox,