Fly Fishing Education: Science vs. Faith

You can learn a lot from history.  For example, how ‘The Establishment,’ whether religious, political or social, has consistently rejected anything that contradicts their modus operandi.  On this date, in 1616, ‘The Establishment,’ known as t…






















You can learn a lot from history.  For example, how 'The Establishment,' whether religious, political or social, has consistently rejected anything that contradicts their modus operandi.  On this date, in 1616, 'The Establishment,' known as the Roman Catholic Church rejected a proposal, backed by science.  Specifically, the Pope rejected Galileo Galilei's theory that the sun is the center of the universe, not the earth (i.e. the earth and neighboring planets revolve around a fixed point called the sun).  From The Establishment's perspective, Galileo was basically saying that your wrong.  The Pope kindly asked him to recant his position, but Galileo respectively declined.  Fast forward to the year 1633, Galileo was tried by 'The Establishment,' found to be a heretic, and was sentenced to imprisonment for the rest of his life.  It should be noted that the Pope quickly changed the imprisonment terms to house arrest. Galileo, one of the GREATEST minds in the history of the world, died at age 77, while under house arrest. It was not until October 31, 1992, more than 350 years later, that the Roman Catholic Church said -- oops, he was right, sorry.  It should also be noted, that Galileo was a devout christian, who publicly professed his faith in god and two of his daughters spent their entire lives in a convent (he had nothing against god or the church).

Have I caught your attention, and what does this have to do with fly fishing?  In the world of fly fishing you have a choice of working with or without 'The Establishment.'

When you work with First Cast Fly Fishing (FCFF), you are most definitely not working with 'The Establishment,' or their ways.  Like Galileo, our programs may seem controversial; however, our modern and innovative methods are backed by science, yet rooted in a zen like faith, which focuses on the art of fly fishing.

Here's a quick comparison of First Cast (FCFF) vs. The Establishment (other).



At FCFF, we don't run an outdated educational model. Our teaching techniques are modern, based on your Emotional Intelligence (E.I.), not a textbook that was written 50 years ago. The majority of our classes are held with only one or two anglers. We define a small group as less than four. If you want to learn how to fish, shouldn't you spend your time in the river fishing, not at a casting pond? Our casting and fishing classroom is the river!
  
Our E.I. Fly education model is based on 21st century, proven science -- not a century old model. You will not be lost in a large group class. You will constantly engage with your instructor. You learn from your instructor, real fishing conditions, and yourself -- feedback and learning are constant.



Our Programs

General Lessons and Guiding:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/lessons-guiding_22.html

New Hampshire Fly Fishing School:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/6.html

Maine Fly Fish School -- 100% Wild Fish:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/new-england.html

Note

We mean no disrespect to the Roman Catholic institution, or to the millions of their followers.

















Fly Fishing Schools: Adapt or Die

Some say the sport of fly-fishing is dying.  New equipment sales, and new memberships with conservation groups are consistently declining. Throughout rural America, fly-shops are closing. Volunteers needed for special events such as Casting for Re…























Some say the sport of fly-fishing is dying.  New equipment sales, and new memberships with conservation groups are consistently declining. Throughout rural America, fly-shops are closing. Volunteers needed for special events such as Casting for Recovery or Project Healing Waters are dangerously low.  Even all female fly fishing groups, once thought to be the next generation of ambassadors, are challenged with membership recruitment and retention issues. Overall, a lot has been thrown at the 'wall,' but very little has stuck, in a long-term sustainable way. Add in climate change, eco-politics, and shifting cultural paradigms, you have a very-very complicated issue.   As complicated as the issues may seem, looking at the basic principles of evolution, may help us understand what is happening, and more importantly, how we must move forward.

Most people know the basic principle of evolution is adapt or die.  Whether fly fishing survives or not,  in my opinion, will depend on adaptation.  To engage in adaptation is to engage in a process of innovation. Sadly, I don't see much innovation in the sport, especially when it comes to education (fly fishing schools).  I see the majority of individuals, groups, and businesses copying each other; all following outdated models. When 99% of people do the same thing (copy each other), this is not adaptation -- it's a slow, self-consuming death.    

At First Cast Fly Fishing (FCFF), we are constantly adapting, innovating and evolving.  Take a look for yourself and compare models:



At FCFF, we don't run an outdated educational model. Our teaching techniques are modern, based on your Emotional Intelligence (E.I.), not a textbook that was written 50 years ago. The majority of our classes are held with only one or two anglers. We define a small group as less than four. If you want to learn how to fish, shouldn't you spend your time in the river fishing, not at a casting pond? Our casting and fishing classroom is the river!
  
Our E.I. Fly education model is based on 21st century, proven science -- not a century old model. You will not be lost in a large group class. You will constantly engage with your instructor. You learn from your instructor, real fishing conditions, and yourself -- feedback and learning are constant.

Aren't schools suppose to publish a mission statement and teaching philosophy -- we do.  If you pay for an educational program, don't you want the best model, taught by the most qualified experienced teachers? You will be working directly with innovators, creators, and educators who journey with you -- not lecture you.

Standard models are designed to herd students into a weekend program.  Two whole days sounds great, but in reality you may only be paying for 10-12 hours of instruction, and up to 80% of that time might be spent in a classroom, or at a casting pond.


Our Programs

General Lessons and Guiding:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/lessons-guiding_22.html

New Hampshire Fly Fishing School:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/6.html

Maine Fly Fish School -- 100% Wild Fish:  http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/new-england.html



New England Fly Fishing Schools: New vs. Old School

Rather than copy an outdated fly fishing school business, we have challenged ourselves to create an innovative educational model.  Why?  There is a HUGE difference between a copied business vs. a model purposely designed to help you learn fas…

Rather than copy an outdated fly fishing school business, we have challenged ourselves to create an innovative educational model.  Why?  There is a HUGE difference between a copied business vs. a model purposely designed to help you learn faster and enjoy the process more.  Fortunately for me, I spent nearly two decades in the medical business, where I was trained in Blue Water Innovation Theories and Emotional Intelligence Skills.  I apply these theories and skills in all of our programs because they are scientifically proven, and highly effective -- this is not me creating my own BS. When you buy our product (service) -- when you work with us, you will be exposed to the best educational model -- not a business that has been copied.

First Cast Fly Fishing (FCFF) vs. Old School (Other)


At FCFF, we don't run an outdated educational model. Our teaching techniques are modern, based on your Emotional Intelligence (E.I.), not a textbook that was written 50 years ago. The majority of our classes are held with only one or two anglers. We define a small group as less than four. If you want to learn how to fish, shouldn't you spend your time in the river fishing, not at a casting pond? Our casting and fishing classroom is the river!
  
Our E.I. Fly education model is based on 21st century, proven science -- not a century old model. You will not be lost in a large group class. You will constantly engage with your instructor. You learn from your instructor, real fishing conditions, and yourself -- feedback and learning are constant.

Aren't schools suppose to publish a mission statement and teaching philosophy -- we do.  If you pay for an educational program, don't you want the best model, taught by the most qualified experienced teachers? You will be working directly with innovators, creators, and educators who journey with you -- not lecture you.

Standard models are designed to herd students into a weekend program.  Two whole days sounds great, but in reality you may only be paying for 10-12 hours of instruction, and up to 80% of that time might be spent in a classroom, or at a casting pond.



Our Fly Fishing School Programs

We offer two programs that are scheduled at your convenience, and can be taught over a defined period of time (several days or several weeks).
  1. Rangeley, Maine. Entirely dedicated to wild fish. For more information http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/new-england.html  
  2. Dover, New Hampshire.  Held on the Cocheco River.  This river has stocked trout and native warm water species.  For more information http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/6.html

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you on (in) the river.  If you have questions, please contact us.

Mark