Spencer Seim (rhymes with
“time”) lives a life devoted to fishing, environmental issues, and
serving people. Since he was 8 years old, Spencer has been obsessed
with fly fishing. Spencer has been guiding northern New Mexico and
southern Colorado for eighteen years. Eight years ago, he
founded ZiaFly, a guide
service that focuses on a personalized fishing experience with
access to some of the best trout fisheries in the
is also very well-versed in fly tying. He’s tied flies
commercially, for art, for competitions and of course, for his
guided trips. Spencer’s flies have been featured in The
Drake magazine, New York Times, Kirk W. Johnson’s
The Feather Thief, and America’s Favorite
Spencer has been mentioned in
American Life, Smithsonian Magazine, and Outside
Life typically moves along at a
fast pace for most of us. By the end of the day, activities we’ve
been engaged in are often a murky blur in our rearview mirror.
What, then, might be the payoff in slowing down, observing, and
reading the environmental water, say, like a fly fisherman? And how
do we give ourselves the ability to hold onto and make sense of
those moments of pure serendipity?
As you listen
What is it that drew Spencer to
the water and fly fishing?
What life lessons can we take
away from the fly fisherman’s need to observe and immerse him or
herself in the trout’s environment?
How did Spencer get involved in
the mystery surrounding the disappearance of almost 300 rare bird
skins that could be used to tie salmon flies?
What is the underlying story of
The Feather Thief? How does Kirk Johnson’s decision to write the
story rest on one of those rare moments of serendipity in
How does Spencer distinguish
himself as a guide? How does he demonstrate differentiated servant
leadership? How does he view guiding as being part of a
Curiosity sits at the intersection of creativity, effective human interactions, problem-solving and purposeful change. Unfortunately, the pace of life — at home, work, and school — often sidetracks our natural curiosity. So, let’s see the familiar from a different angle or something new as a possibility to consider.