Failure Is An Option If You Do Not Try!

Failure Is An Option If You Do Not Try!
I was in a medically induced high as I left from the recovery room a fewshort weeks ago.  Doctors stood over my bed with a weird smile.  Theywere happy for two reasons.  I was cleared of cancer and they had seen aextremely rare tumor, the kind they have never seen, nor would seeagain.

Thus started my two weeks of rehab. 

My second dayinto recovery, a sick joke appeared on my door step.  A Sage 5wt flyrod and Bauer reel.  What was I to do? Lay in bed?  No, load up on painkillers and go fishing of course. 

A few days later, a box offly tying materials was delivered.  One of the few purchases I maderight after tax season.  Even though I have had no formal training, Ifigured it was time to give it a go.  I had not iced a fish in 20 yearsand I had a great ice fishing season, why not try fly fishing!

With a few tips from the guys at ColoradoMountainFishing, I had turned some really ugly flies into some winners.  In fact, most of the fish I have caught have been from my own vise.

My first fly.  Ugly.

The last fly I tied this evening.  A great success after two weeks of teaching myself how to tie.     

Ihave tried my flies on highly pressured urban ponds, urban streams and afew high mountain waters.  What a ride the last few weeks have been!

If you think it is too hard, you are completely wrong.  Like anythingin life, it just takes a little bit of motivation.  Failure is anoption, but success cannot be achieved without trying.

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