Flyfishing on Cape Cod

I have been looking forward to this week for the past six months, flyfishing for Striped Bass in the waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Cape Cod was formed as the recessional moraine of a glacier, resulting in a peninsula off the coast of Massachusetts and is one of the biggest barrier islands in the world. Once supporting a thriving whaling and merchant shipping industry, it is now a haven of second family homes as well as a sport fishing paradise.

So, I drove down from northern Vermont where I was facilitating a strategy retreat for a client, picked up a friend at the Boston airport and met up with the rest of our party, my brother Don and a friend from California, at a house we rented for the week.  And guess what? Rain, rain, storm, storm, wind, wind and more wind.  Definitely not the “summer fishing weather” I was prepared for.  In fact, we all brought mostly warm weather clothes, since for the past several weeks the weather was in the 80’s F. But, being experienced fishermen, we also packed some foul weather gear, just in case!

So, we have yet to get out into the ocean to find the huge schools of Striped Bass and Bluefish I have heard so much about, spending most of our time hugging the coast and in protected bays, hiding from the 40mph wind gusts.

One of the interesting sights we came across was a group of men dredging for cherrystone  clams.  They use a wire net at the end of a long pole and while standing in a boat they rock the pole back and forth, etching it deeper into the mud and sand and scooping up the clams.  As we drove our boat past, one of the men waved and said, “Hell of a way to make a living!”  Maybe, but a great way to live a hearty life!

So, stay tuned for more from Cape Cod.  They say the weather is improving, which means . . . .

Fisherman’s Prayer.  Lord help me to catch a fish so large that even in the telling of it I never need to lie.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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2 Responses to Flyfishing on Cape Cod

  1. You are living my dream life.


  2. Pingback: Lessons from Fly Fishing on Cape Cod . . . Projectors and Receptors | John R Childress . . . rethinking leadership

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