Where have we been?
Humans are an incredibly intelligent species, which is why we’ve become the dominant species of this planet. Mankind as a whole has come an extraordinarily long way during our rather short existence. In fact most of our real advancement has come in the last ten thousand years or so. It’s crazy to think that we went from living in caves and starting fire with rocks to building incredible structures and travelling into space in such a short time. Our technological advances in the last hundred years especially have pushed our realm to extreme distances, with the development of things like computers and cell phones and satellites. Things that we have for everyday use that others in the past never would have dreamed about.
Where are we going?
Well no one can really know for sure. Of course people have insight on what may happen in the next 10, 20, even 100 years, but nothing is for sure. Things could change in an instant. There are so many factors that need to be accounted for that precisely predicting what will happen is nearly impossible. If technology continues to advance at it’s current rate, who knows where we’ll be in the near future alone. Everything is changing; worldwide travel is a breeze, communication can be established at the touch of a button. So much is becoming easier, but many things are becoming harder. Things like natural resources: water, fuel, trees are all on the decline. Population; the earth literally won’t be able to fit anymore people in the next 150 years if population increase doesn’t change. So things are changing, some for the good and some for the bad. I think it’s what we do now that will determine the outcome of our species, I guess we’ll see.
So today I met with my mentor and accomplished and learned a whole bunch of new stuff. I had been practicing tying jigs with rabbit hair all last week, so this week it was time to move on the working with marabou. The marabou stork is a bird found mainly in central Africa, and is a great fly tying material. It is slightly more difficult to work with compared to rabbit, however you can make some really stunning jigs with it.
Jig made of marabou
Tying marabou jigs isn’t a whole lot different than tying with rabbit. The principles are the same along with most of the basic skills. However some of the techniques are a bit different. For example, unlike rabbit, you tie marabou from the back instead of the front. Once you get the basics though, it’s pretty easy. Next Garry showed me how to tie a marabou jig, and afterwards he and I talked about some different tying techniques and the different things you can do with marabou, which is where I incorporated some of De Bono’s book. It was important that I was a good listener, because if I was not I wouldn’t have known what to do when it was my turn to tie. So I paid very close attention to the things Garry was showing and telling me, and I asked questions to clarify on anything that I didn’t quite get. At first my questions were mainly shooting questions to help with the tying, but once I got the hang of it I asked a lot of “What if” questions to really push what I was learning further.
Lastly I tied a couple more marabou jigs and Garry and I talked about a few of the things in De Bono’s book including values. Garry told me that it’s good to be different then other people when it comes to tying. It helps with the creativity because a lot of tying is about trying something new and seeing if it works. Overall I thought it was a super productive meeting and I have some new flies to practice tying at home. Unfortunately though, I didn’t take any pictures of the jigs I tied today (which I’m kicking myself for) and I left them at Garry’s shop. So I’ll make sure that I get them into my next post. Anyways, In-depth is still rolling smoothly for me and I’m getting more and more excited about the big night!
I’ve met with my mentor twice since the last post and have been making great progress. Things have been going super smoothly, and seem to be coming along quite quickly. The last two times I’ve met with Garry we’ve discussed how the ideas in De Bono’s “How to Have a Beautiful Mind” relate to fly tying. We talked about how different aspects and types of flies connect to each other. Also the importance of knowing how they flies differ and are used for different things. Furthermore I discovered that “what if” is a great term to use when it comes to tying. There are so many opportunities to ask “what if,” for example using different colors. What if I use black and green rabbit zonkers instead of pink? What if I use a combination of rabbit and ostrich hairs on one fly? What if I tie off at the back of the fly? The examples are endless.
Next, when reading Ms. Mulder’s post 3 description, I realized that I had already been using the different techniques of furthering a conversation. Now I’m not sure if I was supposed to do this yet, but it happened so I figured I’d write about it. First I noticed that asking for clarification on something that I am unclear about happened a lot, especially when it came to the different knot types. Also when discussing about some of the local flies I was able to support and elaborate on one of my mentors points thanks to the research I did for the integrated essay. Lastly sharing stories, something any fishermen is familiar with, was bound to happen. Each time Garry and I meet we share different personal stories and experiences, which really deepens the conversation.
Finally, in our last meeting, Garry gave me a bit of “homework” per say; he tasked me with mastering the jig. So for about a week or so now I’ve been practicing tying different jigs, and I’ll keep doing so until our next week or so next week. Once I’m confident with tying jigs and get Garry’s approval I will move on to tying the next type of fly. And with that week four of In-depth comes to an end with a lot of fun still in store!