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Most Influential, No! Most Important, Yes!

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OK!  Most Influential.... we have that going on now in several categories here, what book? Who got us started? What's motivates us,  etc.?

All that adds to our reference and experience may help or make us believe we are going to be better, more successful fishermen.

But let's cut through all this BS. We know at the end of the day a successful trip is how we catch. That's the litmus test.

Do we have the persona, the mojo, the magic to make it happen? This is were we go to the dark side, lady luck, reaching out to the fish gods on every fishing trip.

Forget the rods, boot, reels, license, that's stuff we always bring. I'm thinking the lucky things we take along to make sure magic happens. It may be a hat, favorite color jacket, pliers in the right pocket, special pin, .... what ever?

Mine would be my lucky hat. It has no history behind it except that I served in the military and I'm proud to wear it.  I've had some lucky days over the years wearing that so I seem to equate that with special luck. 

Is there a lucky practice you follow? Any special ritual you go through, any thing you wear, prayers, dancing gestures, fist pumps or fish pumps, music?   

I think it would be fun to know what your routine is?  

 

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I don't comb or brush my hair before going fishing.

Don't remember how it started but it's been going on since the 80s.

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I've lots of great memories attached to this fly and the man that had a huge impact on me . It's traveled with me since 66 or 67 . I wish I could put it to words I really do . Suffice it to say times without it on me have been some of the worse fishing excursions I've ever had . 

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I have no real lucky stuff, but I always say a prayer of thanks for the privilege of being in the most beautiful place I know. It works for me, even if I get skunked. Most influential "book" was an article in I think Field and Stream that I read at the local Boys Club in maybe 1967. Didn't get picked when they chose sides for basketball (I'll admit it, I sucked) and I found this article. I had a fly rod and no idea how to use it and the article had a line drawing of a fly called the Tomah Joe. I'd been trying to cast seaworms on the fly line, didn't work out. Went home and tied my first fly with a butchered Barbie Doll, instant addiction. I'll never know who wrote that article but I owe them a lifetime of thanks.

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