Originally Posted by Joni
Here is one presented to me. What is your take:
"If someone fishes 5 out of 7 days a week for ONE year, does he end up with the same knowledge as someone who fishes maybe 4 -6 days A MONTH for 20 years?"
I've seen a lot of posts that either qualfiy or add material for thought to this question; but if someone has actualy taken a position on it; then I've missed it.
There are two variable elements in this question which form the basis for most of the discussion so far. They sit adjacent to each other in the question and they're the words: "same" and "knowledge".
Going to the first variable; "same", for me the simple rhetorical answer to this queston is "no" since, by defninition, and almost certainly based on everyone's life experiences, no two things are ever completely the same.
Going to the second variable; "knowledge", I'm going to have to qualify and define this if I'm going to proceed to what I think is the crux of the question. So, here it is. Knowledge, as others on this thread have pointed out, is a multi-faceted quality/entity. But, for the sake of trying to deal in some reasonable manner with this variable, I'm going to assume for the sake of this post, that knowledge means a general knowledge of all aspects of fly fishing; with no more weight being given to any one aspect than to each of the others. So, with knowledge defined this way, the playing field is now relatively level and I can take a position on what I think is the implied crux of the question, which for me is: does he end up with more or less knowledge? In other words, does a lower freqency of experience coupled to a longer period of time trump a higher frequency of experience coupled to a shorter period of of time?
Dismissing the inherently variable nature of the words "more" and "less", my answer is that the person who fishes 4-6 times a month for 20 years, ends up with more knowledge than the one who fishes 5 days a week for a year. And that's as far as I'm taking it on this post. Food for thought or a target to shoot at - "gentlemen and ladies - start your engines!"
PS - I think I may owe the forum an apology on this post. It's clearly drifting off-topic from the original question asked by the thread initiator and from the spirit of the forum in general. All I can add is that this is what sometimes happens to me when I'm on an island off the coast of Maine, with a brand new 9 wt. rod, wanting to go striper fishing and being faced with a fog that's so thick you can't even see the water from the shore. Pray for some wind and sun so that I can leave this theoretical wordplay behind and get back to enjoying life. I need a good fish, or two, or three!