All fly fishermen are easily spotted, they wear their passion for this sport on their sleeves.
Their cars usually contain a collection of stickers and fly rods are easily spotted, random flies can be seen adorning the headrests or flip down mirrors.
There's usually a healthy layer of dirt coating the car, no matter how old or new.
At some point in general conversation fly fishing will come up. You'll hear about an epic fish, blown out river or favorite trip, this is inevitable.
Quick dry clothes are all they own. You will rarely see them not sporting a t-shirt, flannel, and fishing hat.
When you go for a drive in their car, chances are it will smell like wet feet and some type of tobacco, no matter how clean they keep it.
You'll find fly tying material, specifically feathers, everywhere. In the laundry, in your bed, kitchen counter, everywhere.
You'll also end up finding flies, in all the same places, and you'll probably have to pull one out of your dogs paw at some point.
All coffee table reading material will be replaced with the latest issue of The Drake or Fly Tyer.
Vintage tackle and pipes will begin to appear on mantels, side tables and armoire's.
They'll take you to see short films and documentaries on the sport, they don't even know what standard blockbuster just came out.
Your casual dinner conversation will consist of what kind of reel seat would look best with a flamed bamboo rod. This should last roughly 30-45 minutes, depending.
No vacation is taken unless the main goal is fishing.
Eventually, you'll learn to ignore it or you'll give in and you'll become just as bad if not worse. And, the argument over finding random flies in dogs paws will turn into another conversation about why you should always fish barbless.
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.