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Why Fish Love Fly Fishermen

Knock the crust off stale ideas and find creative solutions
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I’d like to take this opportunity to explain why fish love fly fishermen. An interesting comment, I must admit, and when this idea was first presented to me by a friend I laughed out loud. But his story stuck with me, and reminds me to this day the importance of perspective, storytelling, and taking some things with a grain of salt.

The key to this philosophy, I was told, is that you’ve got to look at fishing from the fish’s perspective. Picture, if you will, a large wise brown trout in the Truckee River (see here). He spends his days casually perusing the river’s bed, snacking on stonefly nymphs, and engorging himself on the occasional caddis hatch. One day, he rises up to nibble an especially juicy looking caddis fly, but to his surprise the bug doesn’t go down easy. It fights back. It starts to wrestle the poor fish.

This mean and vindictive caddis fly starts to drag the fish around the river, beating him mercilessly until he is too tired to fight it anymore. “This is how it ends,” the fish thinks. Just when he is about to give up, to cast off his mortal coil and surrender his life to this caddis thug, a strange hand appears. It simultaneously cradles him and disposes of the villainous fly in one fluid movement, then disappears as quickly as it came. Confused, the fish warily flicks its tail and swims slowly back to the depths, happy to be alive.

We have the tendency to become entrenched in the stories we tell ourselves, holding tight to our philosophies with the stubbornness of goats. Sometimes, viewing the issue from a different perspective, or with a wide-angle lens, can help to knock the crust off stale ideas. In this issue, we shine a light on the conflicting perspectives of Incline Village General Improvement District’s financials (here), preview the upcoming Vagina Monologues, which uses theater to turn the gender status quo on its head (here), and share lessons learned from mistakes made during Tahoe’s rapid early development (here).

We seek out these stories because we realize there is no way of knowing how fish really feel about fishermen, just as the issues that come across the news desk are almost always more complex than they appear. We keep asking questions, following leads, and making calls, so that we can bring you real news and not a bunch of fish stories. 

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December 13, 2018