Category Archives: flyfishing

Death by Plastic . . .What Happened to My Holiday?

“Think about it. Why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?”  ~Jeb … Continue reading

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Public Speaking and Match the Hatch

There are two kinds of speakers; those that are nervous and those that are liars. ~Mark Twain I was at dinner last evening with a good friend of mine and his lovely wife.  He owns and runs a very special … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, Hubris and Corporate Decline

All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest sentence you know.  ~Ernest Hemingway I am a great fan of Ernest Hemingway.  I am transfixed by his economic yet moving prose and drawn in by his stories of … Continue reading

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Leadership and Management: A More Productive Discussion

  Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.  ~Henry David Thoreau Flyfishing teaches me a lot about life, especially business life.  One of the lesson’s I relearn regularly in flyfishing, … Continue reading

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You Want to Talk or Fish?

One day a Game Warden drove up to a large pond and saw a man in a fishing boat out in the middle.  He stopped the car and decided to watch for a few minutes.  Just then the man in … Continue reading

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Leadership Lessons from Fly Fishing

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.          ~John Steinbeck Trout are a lot like people; both predictable and highly unpredictable. The … Continue reading

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Character: Actions, Not Words . . .

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.  ~Cowboy Wisdom Fishing is definitely a solitary pastime.  Just you, the rod, line, fly and (hopefully) a big fish.  As a result there … Continue reading

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