Re: Valuable Lesson Learned (i.e. sharpen those hooks!)
Before I had much experence fishing in the surf, I'd have to sharpen my hook after every few casts.
Bad line management, too heavy a line, not mending correctly, for a number of reasons my fly was getting pummeled in the surf and dragging through the sand.
I learned to sharpen regularly. Anytime I wasn't actively casting/fishing, I had my file in my hand giving the hook a few strokes.
That carried over to my trout fishing too. I have a small whet stone that I've fashioned into a zipper-pull on my vest, right where it's always handy. If I'm just standing there staring at the water or whatever, I have it in my hand and I'm checking my fly.
It's become a habit.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart