Ego Salve

What David Foster of Morris magazines says about confidence in fly fishing — specifically believing that you will catch fish — is readily applied to shooting or a multitude of other pursuits. We’ll choose a modest fishing companion any day of the week, but spend lots of time with lots of different fisherman and you will also find that folks who lay the groundwork for failure almost never have spectacular days. As Foster notes, “As in every other human pursuit, confidence is the primary ingredient for hunting and fishing success. It may be clichéd, but if you believe you will succeed, and you combine this confidence with your knowledge and experience, then you likely will succeed.” In Gray’s Sporting Journal.

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