In talking about my fly selection this weekend, why we fish them, where we fish them, how we fish them it made me realize something. It wasn’t that long ago I looked at my box and wasn’t sure if the fly I was looking at was fished as a nymph or a dry (embarrassing to admit, but true). Sometimes this sport gets lost in the deeper more advanced details that we make it seem inaccessible to new people coming into the sport. We forget that we too didn’t know the difference between a nymph or a dry at one point, we didn’t know whether we were caught on a branch or hooked up, somewhere along the way we learned that. My point is this, no matter where we’re at in our knowledge of this sport we never know enough and are constantly learning. We may show up to a river we know well and fish what we’re used to, and to our surprise we have to switch up, learn, and try something new. We’re all students of the river no matter how long you’ve been studying it. The more people I talk to about fly fishing the more I hear the same thing, that they don’t know what to do and there’s a lot to know. Maybe that’s true, but as we learn we should be building our community, with fly fishing comes knowledge of our eco systems and the importance of conservation. It’s something that we ought to pass down if we have the knowledge and ability to do so. Be willing to answer what seems like a simple question to you now, because at one point it wasn’t. Fishing’s a community, we can only build if we teach.