ON THE LINE: Knowing what’s important

Prior to visiting the Northwest Territories, I didn’t mind sitting on the shore, having the world to myself while my bobber and fly just sat in the water, waiting to be taken by a gullible fish. The problem with this technique is that it is hard to feel the bite and to set the hook in time. Who knows how many fish got away because I missed setting the hook.

Still, all in all, just like the golf course, any day on the lake is a better day than a day at work. Fishing, like most activities, takes us away from the stresses of everyday life. It puts us back into nature and becomes a serene oasis. Just remember this, because I laugh at the guys who get mad when they fish, when things don’t go right. Your life doesn’t depend on catching a fish – you may have to purchase your next meal, but at least you are around to enjoy it. To me, fishing became more about escaping than actually fishing.

Now, the Northwest Territories did change that a bit. I mean my wife and I did catch fish after fish after fish. So, on the plane ride home (and since the first half of my fishing season at home had not really been successful in the fish catching side of things) I wanted to revamp how I fished, pay more attention to what was working with other anglers and to constantly try new things until I discovered one that works.

It’s up to you to decide what’s important when you fish. Are you going to the lake just to get out into nature, and you’re happy with whatever lands on your hook? Or do you want to specifically target fish and learn new techniques to do so? This is something to think about as the 2014 fishing season approaches.

Until next time, keep your rod tip up.

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