Comfort Zones {the day I learned to fly fish}

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.   ~Brian Tracy

Yesterday I spent the day doing something outside of my comfort zone.  I attended an all-day fly fishing school along the banks of the Caney Fork River. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore doing anything in nature.  But a fisher(wo)man I am not.  And fly fishing?  Well, that takes a lot of skill that I certainly do not possess.

But I wanted to learn this elusive art form that I’ve seen my husband master in the last several years.  I guess my motivation stems from a desire to be able to enjoy a deeper connection to the mountain streams and wildlife that I spend so much time around.  I have no intention of catching fish to consume, but rather I long to use catch and release in an attempt to experience this world I cannot reach by foot.  After all, the hubby stops to fly fish on most of our hikes and kayaking trips, so I thought it would be great to share this with him.

So, I awoke bright and early on Saturday morning to learn how to cast and all the other skills that go along with that.  I attended a class where I knew absolutely next to nothing.  Turns out I’m not too shabby at this whole fly fishing thing.  I had a blast and can’t wait to try out my new skills.  I may even be able to teach my expert fly fishing hubby a thing or two….someday.

Have you done anything lately that has put you out of your comfort zone?  Do you try to push yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis?  Do tell!

6 thoughts on “Comfort Zones {the day I learned to fly fish}

  1. The Soulicious Life

    Hooray! It’s so important to get out of our comfort zone and yet, not easy to do! I’m currently making a list of 25 things I’ve never done but always wanted to do; I’m hoping that tackling them one-by-one will do exactly that.

  2. latebloomershow

    Protesting the arrest of a raw food coop owner at City Hall and sitting in a courtroom waiting for arraignment as hard core criminals are filing in one after another. That was out of my comfort zone. But, important. For fun, trying zip lining in Hawaii two years ago was out of my comfort zone, well, till I tried it, woo hoo! I feel as I get older, I am less adventurous. It’s great to get all that out of your system when you are young as when you are older, you are more interested in staying in your zip code, haha. Luckily, I found gardening, which is a great excuse to stay put and a great escape just out my front door. :) PS. Watch “A River Runs Through It” great fly fishing in that. – Kaye

    1. Hiking Mama

      That’s so cool, I would love to zip line in Hawaii! You are very brave :) I have seen A River Runs Through IT, my hubby made me before I ever had any interest in the sport, haha :)

  3. Justin

    Great post! I’d like to learn how to fly fish. We just went fishing a couple of weeks ago and had a great time.

    I’ll also check out “A River Runs Through It” to see the flyfishing.


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