Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Influence

By Chad LaChance Quick, what is the most positive thing you can do to ensure the great outdoors are there for future generations? Joining a conservation organization such as Trout Unlimited or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a good plan and there are lots of others to choose from if you’re not into one of those two. You could also join a fishing tournament organization like B.A.S.S. that has a conservation arm. That way you can support conservation and get your derby on at the same time. Joining both types of organizations is a great idea, but the...

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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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