When I first got the idea in my head that I wanted to work in a fly shop, I had visions drifting through my mind of spending hours, no, days on the river fishing. What I somehow failed to grasp was the fact that no matter how you shake it, a 40 hour work week is still a 40 hour week. Based on that little realization I have slowly started to develope a few new lifestyle habits in order to maintain the \"proper\" amount of time on the river.
The first of these dirty little habits is that I now have an alarm saved on my phone for 5 a.m. It turns out that if you get on the water by 6 a.m. not only can you get a solid 4 hours of fishing in before you have to be at work, but you'll probably be done fishing before any of your friends even wake up. It also happens to be that the first hour of light is a perfect time to throw those big ugly streamers and cute mammal patterns that haunt our dreams (see Chris's thoughts on mammals).
My next change has manifested itself in my fishing pack; I keep finding my headlamp tucked in there! Again I have come to realize that if I head straight to the river after work I can get a few hours of fishing in and it just so happens that those few hours produce some of the best dry fly fishing of the day. Now here comes the headlamp... those same mice patterns that you throw at dawn work just as well at dusk and even into the night! Wet wading during a hot summer night is some of the most fun a fisherman can have. Throw in a cold beer and I can't think of a better way to spend my Saturday night.
Finally I've noticed that I really don't get much sleep these days. I had this crazy idea that after graduating college I would develope a normal sleeping pattern. I should have known better.
So in the end, with a little effort, some planning, and the ability to operate on small amounts of sporadic sleep, you can achieve the \"proper\" amount of time on the water. So if you see me in the shop with a couple of bags under my eyes, the safe assumption would be that I've been pounding the banks during those precious few hours before and after light.
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