Category Archives: Fly Fishing

Becoming a Flyfisherman. Celebrating 20 years of Casting for Recovery.

Today, August 4, 20 years of Casting for Recovery in Maine will be celebrated at the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association in Oquossoc. As many as possible Mountain Princesses, their family and friends will gather for their special union with each other and the volunteers who have enriched their lives. Through the efforts of […]

Becoming a Flyfisherman. Reunion reveals the kindness of strangers.

“I thought I was going to learn how to cast with a fly rod,” Gina, the stranger with whom I was sharing a room in a delightful guest house on Rangeley Lake, confided. “I had no idea what this was all about. Like Gina, most of us were not prepared for our session of Casting […]

Becoming Irrationally Self-Reliant. When a little girl goes hunting.

Sitting quietly for three hours in a blind could be hard for any hunter. Many parents would think it would be almost impossible for a seven-year-old. However, Laurelai and her dad had entered the structure ready for a long wait. This was the little girl’s much-anticipated first deer hunt. She had wanted to shoot a […]

Becoming a functionally moving, fly fishing skier. Our brains have a limited ability to concentrate.

Our biggest allies, or foes, in achieving our goals are the habits we develop, because our brains have a limited ability to concentrate on more than one thing at a time. When we are learning something new, we need to use all that concentration. If there is another issue needing attention, our brain will use […]

Becoming Irrationally Self-Reliant. If men are trying to keep us out, they have a funny way of going about it.

Growing up, most of my friends were boys. Until I started working as a ski instructor, I had very few female friends. The girls and women with whom I was most aligned were always, like me, tomboys. Because I shared so many of the same interests, I have almost never felt uncomfortable around males. I […]