Submitted by Elizabeth.Trenary
“It is amazing how much a fish can grow between the time you catch him and the time you tell the story.”
“Early to bed, early to rise. Catch fish big fish, tell big lies”
The first time I caught a trout, I was with my fly fishing guide, Ollie. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone back at the shop about my first fish.
But before I told my fish tale, Ollie had some advice.
“Make sure you add three inches. Every good fisherman knows you always subtract 3 inches for fish lies.”
That’s right. One of the most basic assumptions about fly-fishing is that the fish magically grows between the time you catch him and the time you tell the story. Exaggeration and fish lies are a natural part of the fishing community.
Exaggeration and big-fish lies are also part of the law school mind games that can wreak havoc on your sanity if you don’t realize they are there.
Take for example, “the library marathoner.” This is the person who claims they haven’t left the library for three days. They claim they are there from morning until night. During exams, they don’t sleep. They claim they have had 30 cups of coffee and 25 Red Bulls.