Author: Fishful Thinker

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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Pro’s Tips: Beginner Tackle

By Chad LaChance You’ve thought about it for a while but haven’t taken the plunge. The weather is nice and the word on the street is that now’s the time; you’re finally going to dabble in fishing. But wait, you don’t have a rod and reel or a tackle box or waders or any of that other paraphernalia you see other anglers draped in. Don’t despair oh fledgling fisher, I got’cha covered in this very column. And in case you’re not independently wealthy or possibly fear commitment, we’re going to outfit you at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse for a...

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Fishful Thinker: Fishing For Fun

Why do you fish? I recently posted that seemingly simple question on social media and got bombed with responses. Some of them were snide, others very simple and yet others were long, drawn out dissertations of some innate drive or instinct that needs to be satisfied. The most common answer is the correct one; fishing is fun. Yes there is something primal about pursuing fish and game and sure we may get some dinner out of it but, at least in terms of modern times in the good ol’ USA, we do it because it’s fun. Well, if some...

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