Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: 2020: The Year of Focus

Perhaps it’s band-wagoning, but I’m gonna do it anyway; let’s set a new year’s resolution. Furthermore, since it’s 2020, therefor offering loads of available puns in the vision arena, I’ll make my resolution about clarity and focus. Yep, how trendy of me. Let’s look at what I really mean when I form a resolution about clarity and focus. Experience is one of those things you need before you have it. In a similar concept, wisdom is the ability to recognize a mistake before you make it. Furthermore, they say hindsight is always 20/20. Why? Because then you have the...

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Fishful Thinker: Intelligent Rod Buying

While learning the outdoor industry and building my fishing guide business, I spent five years working in the fishing department of my local Sportsman’s Warehouse. It gave me a chance to learn a bit about how the products are marketed, merchandised and sold and most importantly, gave me insight into the knowledge level and buying tendencies of ‘Average Joe Angler’. I figured, hey, if I was to make a living in the outdoors, I needed to establish a base level of its average participants’ understanding of their hobby and some retail time would help that. So, what did I...

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Fishful Thinker: Holiday Season

I’m not going to lie. My focus ain’t on fishin’. For one short period of time annually, my brain has to take a break from living, eating, and breathing fishing, and that time frame is mid Nov through the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, fishing still occupies more of my conscience and subconscious than I care to admit, but not with the intensity it does the rest of the calendar year. This reprieve from angling allows me to recharge and focus on a few other aspects of normal life. Fishing will once again dominate my thoughts when the new...

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Fishful Thinker: Can’t We Just Get Along

Let me set the scene. The late Jose Wejebe of Spanish Fly fame, the legendary Flip Pallot and I were the last ones at the annual Costa ICAST party. We’d been sitting there for hours talking fishing and at some point, the conversation came around to the challenges fishing faced in the future. Given the combined angling industry history of these guys, I was all ears. Themes like access to waters, conservation, and affordability were tossed around before the conclusion was reached that society’s weakening connection to the natural world in general was the biggest threat; when, as a...

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Fishful Thinker: Falling Water

The water is falling! The water is falling! Yes, I’m paraphrasing Chicken Little and like the fable from which this famous outcry has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a mistaken belief that disaster is imminent, the moral to my story is to not be the chicken jumping to conclusions. My paraphrase is most literal in that the water really is falling. We’ve reached that time of year when our reservoirs have begun to drain in exchange for making our corn and grass grow. Some lakes are more affected than others, but just about all...

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