PODCAST: The Stages of an Angler — S11, Ep1

by | Apr 14, 2024 | 5 comments

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How many times have we heard the supposed stages of an angler? First you want to catch a fish, then you want to catch a bunch of fish, then you want to catch a big fish, then you want to catch the toughest fish, and then you just want to catch a fish again.

This is a clever way to look at a life on the water. But is it really true? This is our topic.

We also expand on some other stages that anglers go through, and we think about the beginning stage — why it’s so hard at first, how anglers get held back, and how, sadly, the majority of anglers probably never get a whole lot further than those early stages.

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Life on the Water
READ: Troutbitten | Two Sides to Every Fishermen
READ: Troutbitten | The Dirty Fisherman
READ: Troutbitten | How to Stay in the Fly Fishing Game for a Lifetime

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Season Eleven of the Troutbitten Podcast continues next week with a discussion on fishing through a Caddis hatch. So look for that in your Troutbitten podcast feed.

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Domenick Swentosky

Central Pennsylvania

Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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5 Comments

  1. I guess I am kinda stuck in the big fish phase. Not so much by choice but because I haven’t been able to catch a “real” large wild brown. Luckily I am still content going to a wild location and not seeing another soul for a few days to catch dinks and work on something I suck at. I am not a true size queen. I love it all.

    Enjoyed the cast. Happy the new season is here.

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  2. Enjoyed the podcast. I was introduced to dry fly fishing when I was 16 by my future father-in-law, but really didn’t fish much or very consistently until I retired a few years ago (now age 66). At that point, where you may be thinking it is too late, I started fishing tight-line 3 to four days a week, 6 to eight hours per trip around Bozeman and in Yellowstone, and have never been happier catching loads of fish. I’m like Matt, I really don’t care what size they are, as long as I’m catching fish. Plus now I’m the guy teaching others to tight-line, read water, and tie their own flies, which is very satisfying.

    I also got to fish with one of your friends last summer, Paul Weamer, as part of the Yellowstone Volunteer Fly Fishing Program, which he runs now. He says hi.

    Keep up the great programming!

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  3. It may be late, but it’s never too late to start flyfishing

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    • Agreed. Just like anything else. It’s the same with playing guitar, for example. The longer you wait, the less you can ever learn. Fly fishing can be a lifelong learning experience. I would want all of it.

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      • You know, Dom you’re absolutely correct, I think about that all the time and not just with flyfishing

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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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