How to tie your shoes.

Updated: Feb 23, 2019

just about everyone ties their shoes the wrong way, even though a better knot is just as easy to tie. Why not consider another approach? The reason we skirt the all too obvious solution is because we are hardwired to resist change. If things are working out well enough, we naturally avoid the unfamiliar, remain in static denial, and trip over our laces just rarely enough to remain accepting.

This tendency to avoid disturbances to our homeostatic state explains why even those of us who have the skill to tie a virtuosic flathead Heptageniidae stone-clinger nymph on a #16 hook inexcusably fail to tie our shoelaces with a very simple, secure knot that is just as easy and just as quick to execute as the unfortunately cockeyed and glitchy granny knot. And this is also the most likely reason why our fly rods have been the wrong shape since the conventional round tube rod was introduced in the middle of the last century.

When we repeatedly perform a familiar behavior such as tying our shoes or casting our fly rods, we develop a powerful inertia that controls our action without much conscious thought at all. No doubt, you can tie your shoes while watching TV and chewing gum at the same time. And you have probably never felt an urge to question the shape and design of your fly rod. Your lace knots and your fly rods are good enough, and what is more, they are strikingly similar to those of just about everyone else you know. However comforting that may be, is there any good reason not to consider anything that might change your mind for the better on both counts?

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