Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Organization

By Chad LaChance I just read a main-stream media dissertation about the secrets of “highly successful” people and I came away with the idea that highly successful people simply must be great anglers, or at least would be great ones if they undertook our sport. That notion became clear to me as I read their habits and tendencies and compared it to all the top shelf anglers I know. In a nutshell, regardless of whatever you’re “highly successful” at, the habits and tendencies are the same. One of those tendencies in particular is a weakness of mine; care to...

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Fishful Thinker: Living on The Edge

By Chad LaChance I recently saw a T-shirt that said something to the effect of, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”. Interesting thought, even though T-shirts aren’t where I normally look for tidbits of wisdom. Why, you ask, is this simple thought of interest to me? Well it has nothing to do with the extreme lifestyle literally referenced on the shirt, where the edge is that of life and death. After all, I don’t race motorcycles or jump out of airplanes – so what relevance could “living on the edge” possibly have...

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Fishful Thinker: Filled to The Gills With Holiday Spirit

By Chad LaChance Ah, December! As a fishing professional, I love December. Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not the fishing that I love about it, although there is some great fishing to be had. I mean, geez, ice is forming on many of our lakes and we all know how good first ice of the year can be. For those that love ice fishing, first ice is just about Nirvana. The fish are easy to catch and the conditions are generally still tolerable, even for those venturing out sans hut. If you don’t like ice fishing, many reservoirs are still open...

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Fishful Thinker: The Will To Win

By Chad LaChance The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win,” is a quote that is commonly associated with coach Bobby Knight. While Mr. Knight didn’t pen the line (actually it was Bud Wilkinsin), he is in fact a  fisherman and would probably agree with me that the wisdom is as equally at home in a boat as on the court. In most fishing, winning can be defined in many ways, but preparing to win is paramount to all of them. Maybe you are a super-casual weekender who defines winning as spending...

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Fishful Thinker: Casting Tackle

Customer to fishing department associate: “I want a spinning reel that doesn’t twist my line.” Intelligent fishing associate’s answer: “Sorry sir, but there is no such thing.” And then the customer walked out. The sad thing is that the associate is correct. There are spinning reels with features that help reduce line twist, but by their fundamental design, line twist is part of the deal. Anytime you wrap any filament around a spool of any sort at a 90 degree angle to said spool’s axis, you will twist said filament. Don’t believe me? Try it with your garden hose...

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