“I cant thank you enough for offering your fly tying class! I had no idea that I would enjoy learning to tie flies as much as I did, and assuring everyone that you are there to answer any questions made me very comfortable” -Lisa…
Well.. Id like to begin somewhere but I wouldn’t know where to start; so ill just start with this:
I’m just your average person who works 3 jobs; sometimes 4 and enjoys her quiet time spent on the water, while simultaneously goofing off.
I am also a Certified Home Health Aide who works with seniors and Alzheimer patients in their homes. Many seniors have a hard time coping with the act of ‘getting old’ as some like to call this advanced stage in life, but what many don’t understand, is that ‘getting old’ isn’t just about grey hair and wrinkles. Its much more than that. It’s a lifestyle change and can take its toll on them mentally more so than physically in many cases.
When I am not working I enjoy many activities. Fly fishing, Ice fishing, fly tying, watercolor, camping, hiking, hunting, 35mm photography, target shooting, painting, quilting, sewing, reading, cooking and the list goes on and on.
But what I enjoy the most; is teaching.
My name is Nicole March and I have become rather obsessed in the art, the history and the never ending learning experience that is fly tying and fly fishing.
Over the years I have met many different people who share the same interests. We tie together at shows, trade materials, share patterns, fly tying and fishing tips. Many of us volunteer our time and enjoy doing so. These people you meet become your extended family.
I am part of the Regal Vise, Partridge Hooks, Flymen Fishing Company and Solarez Pro Staff and have recently joined the Hardy Fly Fishing Elite Program. I am the current Secretary for the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, a Senior Mentor of Kids On The Fly, Lafayette N.J. and created the artwork and story-line for a children’s coloring and activity book for the Catskill Fly fishing center and museum, called “It’s All about Fly Fishing”
I am a contributor to the Dette Trout Flies fly tying tutorials and teach fly tying classes as well as demonstrations. But most importantly for me, a few years ago I became involved with an organization called Project Healing Waters and it is one of the things I continue to look forward to as much as the participants do!
There are many aspects of tying and fishing that we all enjoy, and in my case its always been the never ending learning experience. There is a wealth of information out there and to further my knowledge through books, seminars, demonstrations and just all around trial and error is only part of it; because the enjoyment of absorbing that knowledge goes hand in hand with being able teach what I know.
It’s Being able to say to someone “Don’t worry about making mistakes, don’t worry about those hand tremors, don’t worry about the coordination issues, don’t worry about laughing so hard that you break your thread and don’t ever worry about thinking your questions are stupid because that’s not the case. None of that matters.” is something I stand by. We all began as beginners and as far as I’m concerned I will always be a beginner because I’m always willing to further my knowledge, and ask those so called “stupid” questions”.
To see our group coming out for a weekend of fishing in the Catskills, laughing, asking questions, flipping over rocks,screaming down river to me as I’m walking up “everything we were learning makes even more sense now! Look, trout was splashing loud when he took a bug, that means it’s probably an emerger not a dry right? Because he’s chasing it up towards the surface?”
That Excitement is what matters.
To be able to see someone else gain some peace of mind on the river, while laughing, learning, asking questions and enjoying their newly found obsession; when weeks before the were telling me they “can’t”?
Is really what matters.