Thank you – Friends in the Fly Fishing Industry
This is an introduction to several blog posts that I’m working on and hope to post in early 2019. I want to make sure that no one makes the mistake of thinking that these are intended to be comprehensive biographies or novellas.
Not at all.
These short notes are my way of thanking several people I’ve known mostly because of my work as a very small cog in the Fly Fishing Industrial Complex. The FFI is huge and daunting and rumbles on with enormous momentum. At the same time, the FFI is an irrelevant speck in the US/world economy. It is impersonal, and deeply personal. The FFI is populated by BIG NAMES and no-names. Impersonal and personal. Stand-offish and welcoming.
My circle of friends, people i have actually met or at least talked with on the phone or via email is very small. I don’t get around much in the FFI. Far more people know me, or think they do than vice versa (yes, I had to look this one up to see if I used it properly).
So I’ve found myself a little tiny cog in a machine far larger than my comprehension, and often it seems like people who work in the FFI full time assume that I know more than I know, and assume that I know more people than I do.
Where was I going with this?
I decided to throw down a few blog posts to thank some of the people who do actually know the FFI, who know how little I understand the people and mechanics of the FFI, and have been welcoming and kind anyway, knowing that I’m bumbling around in the grass behind the outfield fence.
Apologies before I start: I’m only going to mention a very few people in these posts, and the list of people who have been kind and helped me navigate the FFI is a long one.
So I’ll close now, with final mention that my notes will be very short.
Very short, and very heartfelt thank you notes.
JN – December 28, 2018