Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Take It To The Bank

I’m guilty. Bill Dance is guilty, too. Hank Parker is guilty and for that matter so is the majority of other fishing TV show hosts. We all know better, yet we still find ourselves doing it over and over again, and there appears to be no end in sight; most of us will not change our evil ways. We all started innocently enough, but now we’re pretty much all guilty. No alibi, simply guilty. What are we all so guilty of, you ask? Neglecting a huge portion of this great country’s anglers. Most of us got into fishing for...

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Amazing Beasts of the Kodiak

By Chad LaChance Reverence. That is the only word to describe my feelings immediately upon approaching the half-ton brown bear I’d just harvested. The ancient old bear’s final resting place was oddly serene; she laid face down, half floating in the lake that had been her major source of salmon – and thus body fat – that sustained her for two decades and probably 15 cubs. The evening air was dead calm, the water clear as glass, and the bear was still and peaceful. My brain; well, my brain was a mess. I couldn’t decide whether to cry, rejoice...

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Fishful Thinker: Habits for Success

The Internet is ripe with all sorts of life advice. Listicles like “Seven Secrets to Eternal Happiness” promise, well, eternal happiness if we just follow their simple secrets. I don’t profess to know all seven secrets or actually any of the secrets they delineate, because I never take the time to read them. Instead, I prefer to focus on one secret that I know will for sure lead to my happiness. Catching fish makes me happy every time! That’s no secret for many of you I’d bet as well. I could expand this by replacing “catching fish” with “success...

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Fishful’ Thinker: Road Trippin’

I can’t believe it but another year has passed. 2019 marks our 11th year producing and hosting Fishful Thinker TV. While a normal TV show airing-season is 13 episodes, we’re a glutton for punishment and produce two seasons per year, meaning 26 original episodes. And what might you guess does the production of all of those episodes – about 260 of them now – have in common? A road trip! We’ve always been regional in our production, filming the vast majority of the shows within about an eight hour drive of Denver. We’ve flown to a couple of destinations...

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Fishful Thinker: The Most Versatile Rig of All

Professional anglers have a way of complicating fishing. We create and name nuances so we can verbalize them, split hairs for the sake of defining minute details, and otherwise find ways to spew “pro talk” so that we can justify our jobs. And to be honest, most of that stuff will in fact make us better catchers if for no other reason than we participate more; we spend more time on the water than most folks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if I said you can catch basically any fish in fresh water – plus...

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