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We’re so consumed by our phones and social networks, that sometimes we forget to live.

“As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.”
— Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

That’s the thing about memory, and any devices (digital or not) that we use to help facilitate memory. Any angler has surely noticed this phenomenon while fighting a big fish. There is a part of your mind—the busy, book-keeping part—that immediately begins recounting the events to you as they happen, in preparation for the story you’ll eventually tell your friends and family (and anyone who seems even remotely interested in fishing).

But storytelling is, by it’s very nature, an editing process. It doesn’t take in the full experience, it cannot. It concerns itself with plot, with character arc and fantastic events. The rest of the experience is simply edited out, excised from the narrative (and, in some ways, from our memory). And worse, the more we tell that story the more it becomes that memory, gradually supplanting the actual experience in our mind. On the other hand, the small fish, the un-memorable catches and, most of all, the unproductive periods spent simply fishing, they are the purest experiences because they are simply lived.

That’s why fishing stories seem so much like fiction, they don’t correspond to what we know real life is like. It’s also why on some level we don’t trust the well-crafted social media image put forth by other anglers. We know what our daily lives are like, how can theirs’ be obviously so much better—well composed, with better colors, bigger fish, prettier girls and nicer food. And so we go out ourselves, armed with an array of media-capturing devices with the goal of competing in this new world of public privacy. We publish videos, post on #TBT, and update the Facebook™ feed. Or sadder still, post on our pathetic blogs (which frankly, no one will read if they don’t make it to a Facebook™ post).

Methinks it’s time to unplug.
Time to Unplug. Go fishing.

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  • sensitive soul

    I have unplugged for a while too, so it took a little time for me to see this. I hope you remember why you started your blog in the first place and recover your motivation when the time is right. Enjoy the adventures for now, and find time to write when it comes pouring out of you again later. 🙂 didactic lines!

  • Kingfisher

    Wind knot, you started blogging when I stated fly fishing and Inlearned a lot about the art and techniques in fly fishing : journaling, Tom McGuane, Heavenly Sweetness, casting videos, The Usual, the Winstron BXII and finally the Río QuickShooter. I appreciate what you’ve been doing and the personal help you’ve given me through the years. Do what you have to do to feel sane in this (dys)connected world. For me, I’m going to budget my time online and be more mindful to smell the roses. Best wishes and thanks for your contributions to the sport.

    • Reply


      Love that: “(dys)connected”. Perfect.

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m so glad this pokey little blog has been something to someone somewhere. Tight lines whenever you can.

  • Windknotfollower

    Read;) A little bit of perfect right there Windknot. But it is time to unplug…

  • danul65

    I agree. I think you should unplug.

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