Is it Just Me? (part 1)
I’m not exactly sure if it is my own personal perception the state of affairs within the world of fly fishing, or maybe I was just naive to it previously and have recently just developed a heightened sensitivity – but it seems to me that there is a growing contingency of self promotion and campaigning that is prevalent in the world of fly fishing.
I know what you may be thinking – “so this guy that has a blog and pushes an agenda, is talking to ME about self promotion?”
Let me explain a little bit. I believe most that know me and have spent time on the water with me will attest to my sheer excitement and joy that I have when someone else in the boat catches a fish. Or I am the first person to see a picture of a fish that someone else caught and send that throughout my text network. I get so pumped at the awesome accomplishments of other people – quite honestly, I enjoy celebrating other people’s success as much as my own. I’m not certain this is the case with many other people out there.
To me, it seems that a growing number of anglers work very hard to keep other anglers down – as an effort to make themselves look (feel) better, perhaps. There are many out there that always have some sort of secret technique, fly pattern, or fishing spot – and they flaunt it around in a fashion that exudes “I know something you don’t know” type of attitude. I can only believe this is done to try and establish credibility for themselves.
I have heard of people telling others that they can’t share everything they know with others because they “want to be a big deal in this industry”. I guess to me this doesn’t really make to much sense – I’ve always been a firm believer in lifting yourself up by lifting those around you up.
It is not lost on me that this sport and this industry is many people’s livelihood and it is a sound business practice to become an ultimate self promoter, and give the perception that someone is the best at something, or the most accomplished at a particular aspect of fly fishing. That attitude has seemed to extend well past only those that make a living in the industry – all the way to the general population of fly anglers.
What is most troubling to me in all of this, is that it seems to be more socially acceptable to be an individual that talks in a demeaning fashion, presenting themselves in a hero like fashion, than it is to be just some normal dude that likes to go bang around on the water with buds.
Of course there are several generalizations made in these statements, and I do not in any way feel that everyone is this way.
Is it just me or am I not alone in this feeling? If it is truly a growing issue – what does it take to reverse this trend?