Image after image and video after video, meandering streams flow through lush valleys with the backdrop of snow capped mountains, interrupted by glimpses of smiling faces and dripping fish held just above the water. In darkened hotel conference rooms, flannel clad, graying, thinning hair men sit and dream under their ball caps. Some nod along remembering their adventures, turning to their friends with a head lift and quick “I was there” nod. Others, like me, take notes, and wish for future adventures. 

Longing builds within me to be on the water in some distant land, Montana, British Columbia, Alaska, Iceland, and Argentina. From streams I can hop across to rivers as wide as the horizon, each holds fish larger than I have ever caught. 

The Fly Fishing Show was held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this weekend. A large showroom hosted vendors, fly shops, artists, lodges, travel companies, and a bookstore. Demonstrations of fly-casting hurled lines overhead and experts tied flies for focused spectators. Conference rooms become classrooms to learn new techniques and to be educated about glorious fishing locations across the globe.

New friends are made, and old friends are reacquainted at the events. It is inspiring to interact with many who share the same interest and passion. At first, I am starstruck by people I have learned from over many years through videos and classes. They share their knowledge and explain their mindsets while exuding positive encouragement. As I have gotten to meet and talk with more experienced and skilled anglers, I appreciate their openness and generosity. Meeting other authors builds me up and expands my perspective. 

Stories of exotic travels in search of fishing adventures filled my mind as I drove home. Last year I discovered the benefits of fishing several days in a row, allowing for repetition to cement in good habits of casting and the rhythm of controlling line. My trip to Colorado in the fall helped me in finding my voice as a writer and to gain confidence fishing in new settings. Listening to Tim Flagler’s descriptions of Argentina and Montana and Dusty Wissmath’s stories of Iceland and Yellowstone urged me to travel and explore. 

Growing as an artist or angler can require introspection and focus. It can also benefit from exploration and seeking new experiences. Our growing edges are often just beyond reach and our limitations are typically self-induced. Lack of confidence and fear of change can keep us seated in the audience instead of exploring the world. I look forward to sharing new adventures and exploring distant places, and not just in my dreams.

Keep mending…

One Reply to “Dreams of Distant Places”

  1. I am glad it was a great experience for you! I did not keep in touch about when this show was! But I probably could bot have joined you there!
    Yes, go to wonderful places where you can enjoy a variety of scenic views, smells and sounds of nature!
    I will talk to you soon about turtles!

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