Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Defining The Playing Field Part I

In my opinion, fish are not terribly difficult to catch. I mean, geez, they have tiny little brains and great big mouths – how hard could it be to trick them into eating? Not very in many cases, but the real trick and ultimate key to consistent success lies not in getting them to bite. Nope, not even close. The real trick is finding them in the first place. It won’t matter how perfect your bait and presentation are if you’re not deploying it around fish. So, let’s talk about finding fish, fast. There are lots of things to...

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Fishful Thinker: Guide Tips

Given my moniker “Fishful Thinker”, I usually reserve this monthly space for some sort of deep down knowledge gleaned from years of steely-eyed woodsmanship, an in-depth breakdown of fishing’s mental game or some other equally robust topic. Not this time. Nope, keeping it simple this month with some tips I’ve managed to learn that make my time on the water go a little smoother. First things first – take care of your tackle. If you fish much, your tackle will get dirty. Fish slime, water deposits and general filth will work their way into the reel handles, bails, level...

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Fishful Thinker: Tips For Simple Trips

Baby, it’s cold outside. By now you’re probably tired of that infamous song lyric after having it drilled into your cranium by holiday marketers nationwide, but there is no escaping the obvious; it is indeed cold outside. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be cold and possibly snowy around the mountain west at this time of year, but that does not mean I have to like it. No worries though, I’m not the type to sit here in my office and complain; that would be pointless. Instead, I survive by making travel plans. And in my world, that...

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Fishful Thinker: Trophy Status

There’s an old saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, referencing that what you might think is a thing of beauty, I might see as ho hum and vice versa. The difference lies in our perspective and neither one of us is wrong. That very difference is beautiful in and of itself; it’s what makes up diversity and makes us individuals. It would be a bland world if we all saw beauty in only the same things. I feel that way about trophies. As a professional outdoorsman, the term “trophy” is commonly tossed around. Sometimes it...

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Fishful Thinker: Dishes With Fishes

Hunter, angler, or general paleo type; it doesn’t really matter how you classify yourself; odds are, if you are any good at it, the freezer is probably full this time of year. Summer’s fishing season has long since peaked and the fall bite has subsided. We’re basically done with many of the big game hunting seasons. Waterfowl, upland birds, and small game are in full swing too. Now, we’re all looking at Holiday Season and copious amounts of visitors and visiting. What does all this mean? It means, now is the perfect time to prepare some of your hard...

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