This is the third article in this series of fishing tales that arise from personal experience. They are an exercise in traveling down memory lane and thereby bringing back happy times, learning experiences and life in general.
An angler aims to make each fishing moment unique. This can mean an afternoon spent fishing locally or an early morning expedition; it could refer to a whole season, to fishing alone or with friends. The aim is that each moment should be unique - even, or perhaps especially, when fishing over the same river section and spot.
Afterward these unique times blend into memories that, like life, fall into one continuous moment. Some of the best memories, and this sounds like a contradiction (but isn't if you think about it), are those days that were spent intensely but not a single fish was caught.
If you love fishing, when you bring up the word "trout" (replace this with your choice) you conjure up with it a whole series of associations. Many times, depending on the mood and who you are with, you will remember a specific moment - but you will always relive a particular feeling.
What fisherman doesn't remember with emotion his first big bite?
Or, with a touch of sadness and perhaps the subdued feeling of adrenalin rushing through his veins, when you lost that big one? (The one that grows with the telling; both in emotion and in size).
For someone who doesn't fish it is difficult to understand the feeling that fishing brings to an angler. It is not just the moment the fish bites and starts its run. Of course this is important as it is the climax and goal of the whole exercise. But you can't take the day, the walking, the casts, the spin or nature's beauty away from it all.
Fishing is an emotional sport above all else. It demands expertise, precision, thought, knowledge, experience and strategy, to name a few; but above all it requires love of the sport. A good, or even a brilliant, fisherman applies himself because he loves the sport.
Together with the love of the sport there arises the love of his gear. His rod, his tackle, the lures, the lines and yes, even his fishing tackle box are very personal items that will rarely, if ever, be lent.
The lesson from this article is: "if it is worth doing well, it is worth doing well because you love it".
And that my friend, should be applied to everything in life.
Philip Robinson, the author, is a happily married fisherman and a father of five. He has various on line projects and you can visit his latest website on fishing tackle boxes that has a special mention on fishing tackle bag (as well as other fishing accessories). As someone with a large family he focuses on fun, creativity, making ends meet and all in a loving environment.