#fishermanmonday. I noticed this hashtag this morning on Denver Outfitters Instagram account. I liked, it, thought it was super catchy, I decided to run with it.
By the way, if you've never heard of Denver Outfitters, they're a super cool company with a really amazing story. It's worth the five minutes of your day it takes to check out their site.
But, I digress...
I was a late bloomer, in all aspects of life. I spent my life drawn to nature, to the conservation of her, but was never sure about how to accomplish that. Then there were societal expectations, friends, and I pushed who I was naturally away. Tried to "fit in" with appearances and job choices, things to make me look complete in a world of social media comparisons.
So, cue Jacob. He came into my life at a time where I felt like I was literally drowning, trying to conform to someone who I was never meant to be. Now, cue fly fishing. No, I never thought about the sport before Jacob came along and even after we'd been on a number of adventures I still didn't really want anything to do with it. Until the moment that I did.
Thankfully, four years later, I've kind of grasped the art, in the sense that any of us really grasp it. At the very least I've fallen in love with it. I've found my place and myself because of it. Yes, Jacob introduced me to the art and that's something I'll always be grateful for, but he's also allowed me to become my own person in it. I've developed my own techniques, my own gear of choice, my own favorite fish. Honestly, on the water, we're as different as night and day. Some days he schools me and some days I had him his tail. It works.
So, today, I am especially thankful for it. I'm thankful for the introduction and all the lessons. I'm thankful for not being made into a clone, but being allowed to become my own person within this world. For finding a place to be me and discovering an outlet for all the passion and creativity that was pent up for so long.
Ergo, my #fishermanmonday.
Jacob is a fly fishing guide with a passion for conservation and brook trout. He is an accomplished rod builder and restorationist.
Jillian is an outdoor photographer and blogger, using her voice for Public Lands and Cold Water Conservation. She specializes in trying to out fish jacob whenever she puts the camera down.