More than Making Money: Living, Fishing, and Investing the Jim Teeny Way
By David Smith
With the frenetic pace of life in today’s Internet-driven world continuing to accelerate – where things can change before you’ve even finished reading this article – it’s easy to forget about the behaviors and values that give our lives purpose and special meaning.
Maybe it’s time to step back a bit and see how someone else is doing it.
You could follow the example of Henry Ford. When asked the question, “How much is enough?” he is said to have replied…”Just a little bit more.”
Or you could take a page from Jim Teeny’s playbook. Since 1962, when Jim’s late father suggested that he might catch more fish on an “ugly” fly than a pretty one, he has been tying what has become in the fly fishing world, an iconic pattern – the Teeny Nymph.
Jim’s fly pattern has held over 30 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Records, and, as he notes, “We’ve probably released another thirty-five or forty fish in addition, just because we didn’t want to harm them.”
Can we learn something from Jim Teeny’s behavior that applies to the world of investment? I think so. (Listen to his short interview here and decide for yourself.)
Keep Your Tackle Box AND Your Precious Metals Investing Simple
Over the last 44 years, Jim has caught and released dozens of fish species on his Ring-necked Pheasant 3-variation pattern, tied using less than two dozen colors of tail feathers and a dozen hook sizes.
For inventing and popularizing this “simple” pattern, Jim’s template was featured as “The Fly of the Year for Oregon” at the 2014 Federation of Fly Fishers Conference in Albany.
When buying silver, skip the fancy commemoratives in the ads for big-premium “Happy Valentine’s Day” bars or “limited edition” animal mintages.
Stack your silver by getting one ounce tubes of bullion rounds and bars weighing 5, 10, 20, or 100 ounces apiece – and yes, some American Silver Eagles – the world’s most popular silver coin. Better yet, grab the just-released worldwide, new Silver Kangaroo, at lower prices than all other sovereign silver coins.
For gold coins in affordable premiums, consider American Gold Eagles and Buffaloes, Canadian Maple Leafs, and perhaps a beautiful Gold Kangaroo from the Perth Mint.
In Fishing and Investing, Look for the “Real Deal”
Whether stalking fish or precious metals, “go where the big ones are known to be.”
Jim Teeny targets streams and lakes in various locales around the world that have proven over time to hold large numbers of big trout and salmon, offering him a good return on the time and money spent.
Purchase your silver, gold, and palladium from a trusted source who honors their word with a history of strong customer service. You might rightfully hesitate traveling to a remote fishing spot based upon a third-hand rumor, without more substantial evidence from someone reliable who’s actually been there. To protect yourself, strive to buy precious metals the same way.
Get Your Gear Ready before the Run Gets Underway
Migratory salmon and trout are only found in their native rivers at certain times during the year. If you’re too early, you may end up working an empty stream and go home skunked.
With precious metals, “being early” simply means that you’re likely to get a much better price than if you waited until “the run is on.” Stack your coins ahead of time, then relax and enjoy the trend while others are fretting about how and where they’re going to get theirs.
The time has never been more appropriate to take a position in gold and silver. You’re much better off being quite a bit early… than a day or a week too late!
Valid Principles Work Time after Time…
Jim closes one of his instructional videos by saying, “The Teeny Nymph has worked for me for forty-one years, and I’m just telling you, that you’re going to do just as good as I am on this pattern. Give it a try.”
For several thousand years and across cultures, people have chosen silver (and gold) as insurance, as real money, and nowadays – especially in the case of silver – as “health insurance” for medicinal purposes and in over 10,000 industrial applications.
You Can Do Good and Do Well:
Inspired by Donna Teeny, Jim offers products at JimTeeny.com specifically designed for Casting for Recovery, a non-profit educational program for women surviving breast cancer, and Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization teaching fly fishing and fly tying skills to American servicemen and women.
As a precious metals owner, you also can do both good and well.
Give a tip, a gift, or maybe even help someone on the street. When an opportunity presents itself, rather than offering what David Morgan at TheMorganReport.com refers to as “paper promises,” donate a small amount of real money. Unlike every form of paper currency ever issued, it has never seen its value fall to zero!
Place a one-tenth ounce .999 fine silver round in someone’s palm – and watch their eyes light up!
Whether it’s fly-fishing, buying precious metals, or some other activity that you decide to pursue, it doesn’t have to be complicated. It isn’t necessary to make a huge leap in perspective or practice in order to succeed for yourself while helping others.
Most of us know in our hearts what’s right. If you’re not satisfied with how things are flowing right now, chances are the way you’re going about it will only involve a “teeny” change!
David Smith is Senior Analyst for TheMorganReport.com and is a regular contributor to MoneyMetals.com. For the last 15 years, he has investigated precious metals mines and exploration sites in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, China, Canada, and the U.S. and shared his findings and investment wisdom with readers, radio listeners, and audiences at North American investment conferences.
David Morgan is a precious metals aficionado armed with degrees in finance and economics as well as engineering, he created the Silver-Investor.com website and originated The Morgan Report, a monthly that covers economic news, overall financial health of the global economy, currency problems, and the key reasons for investing in precious metals.
As publisher of The Morgan Report, he has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, and BNN in Canada. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Futures Magazine, The Gold Report and numerous other publications. If there is only one thing to teach you about this silver bull market it is this… 90% of the move comes in the last 10% of the time! Where will you be when this happens?
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