Something that I have noticed about fishing is the generosity of other fisherman. I don’t know if it is the joy of knowing another shares your passion or that all true gentleman flock to fishing but I have met nothing but nice guys in the fishing community.
Community is the only way I can describe what I have found with all the fishermen I have met. As in every community there is your occasional @$$hol3 but I will not give them any attention. I have noticed a respect, a generosity, and an understanding that we take care of our own.
I am part of a forum where one of the members made a forum called “Pay it forward.” The point is to offer up something that you have extra and give it to whoever responds. That person would then pay it forward and give something to the next member. All that to say that I responded to a gentleman who calls himself JTrick and he sent me an assortment of Steelhead Flies. The guy didn’t ask for anything in return, he even paid for postage. All I had extra was the fly fishing vest I received for my birthday (I greatly appreciated the gift; it just didn’t fit me AT ALL! That’s the only reason I gave it away, didn’t mean to be a jerk.)
Anyway, I started thinking about what it has been like to become a fisherman and join this community full of generous souls. From my buddy that gave me my first little tackle box when I came back to fishing, My buddy Sean who always took me salmon fishing and never took my gas money offers, my buddy Brian Who Blogs over at The Rogue Outdoors who sent me a bunch of awesome flies, and of course my buddy Mark who blogs over at Northern California Trout, who taught me how to fly fish, has given me flies and bought me lunch, etc. I realize that for me, fishing has been a fantastic experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I never take things for granted so if you ever shared anything with me, I greatly appreciate your generosity.
I only hope I can be as generous in my everyday life as all of you have taught me through fishing.