Author: Fishful Thinker

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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Fishful Thinker: Four Keys To Success

Confidence. Diligence. Discipline. Determination. Four words that can be very powerful, especially when applied collectively to a challenging task. They occurred to a few months ago as I was formulating a coaching strategy which ultimately proved to be very successful; the team I coached won the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship while competing against 174 other high school fishing teams from around the country and Canada. Those four words became the cornerstones of how we conducted our practice and ultimately the tournament itself. Now, in hindsight and after further consideration, they seem more appropriate than ever when I...

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