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    Default Mental Toughness as a Requirement?

    Quick question: had this discussion in another non-fishing forum and was curious: how important, or is it important, to have a high level of mental toughness for flyfishing?

    If so, how do you define/find mental toughness? Are you just born with it? If not, why not? How did you acquire mental toughness?

    How do you use it/how is it related to your fishing tactics/philosophy?

    Who do you respect for their mental toughness, either personally or in sports/other? And why?

    If not, why not?
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

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    Default Re: Mental Toughness as a Requirement?

    I think it is very important.

    Sadly, I also think low self-esteem and a willingness to suffer also figure prominently.

    And there is also that thing about doing the same thing over and over and over again, all while hoping for a different outcome than the first bazillion times you tried it.

    Most normal people would say this is bullsh*t and move on.
    -Rick Allen

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    Default Re: Mental Toughness as a Requirement?

    Quote Originally Posted by myt1 View Post
    I think it is very important.

    Sadly, I also think low self-esteem and a willingness to suffer also figure prominently.

    And there is also that thing about doing the same thing over and over and over again, all while hoping for a different outcome than the first bazillion times you tried it.

    Most normal people would say this is bullsh*t and move on.
    Almost spit my coffee onto the keyboard. That is a Truth, with a capital "T" for sure.
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

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    Default Re: Mental Toughness as a Requirement?

    Mental toughness = (persistence + focus) x some animating desire/drive/fascination.

    Fly fishing lends itself as a playground for that -- and without death or bankruptcy on the line. Theoretically.

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    I'm headed out because I believe there will BWOs popping in the right places not getting wind today. They are due.

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    Default Re: Mental Toughness as a Requirement?

    Mental Toughness ??

    More like mental illness, if you ask me.

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    Fly Fishing for Trout - Mild Commitment

    Swinging for Steelhead - Extreme mental Toughness

    Fly Fishing for Muskey - Mental insanity
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    Never experience it in flyfishing or fishing in general, but archery elk hunting is an entirely different beast

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    Pure escapism for me....the opposite of mental toughness

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    Fly fishing for me is relaxation, an escape from the need for mental toughness, which for me was my day job. I think if a person was a guide, there is a need not only for some toughness, a thick skin, and a sense of humor as well. But for me, I never felt as relaxed as I when I was fishing.

    Dave Engerbretson was a friend and when he asked me if he could publish an essay I wrote about "Why I Fly Fish," I gave him permission. It was published in his column.

    FLY FISHING: Why fly fish? For this we look to a friend | Looking Out | dnews.com
    Regards,

    Silver



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    For me, it's fishing. Not life or death. I don't have to perform, just fish. Long days on the water (no fish) are still enjoyable. More optimism. The next cast will fool a fish.

    Mental toughness is being able to function in a landscape of adversity. There's no adversity in fishing.

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