May 21, 2004
An excerpt from Division
of Wildlife's radio and T.V. information specialist, and long-time
fisherman, Jeff Butler's, daily journal:
always finds me sitting at home with an open tackle box and fly-fishing
vest, as well as a stack of fishing catalogs and dull, vacant look
in my eyes. This is the result of my annual assessment of my fishing
gear and what I think I need to make this year the best fishing season
in memory. Here, in no particular order, are some thoughts and reflections
I've had regarding fish, fishermen and fishing:
Fish aren't as gullible as fishermen. They have shown the ability
to resist all those lures and flies that I couldn't.
The boat isn't really all that hard to prepare for the season
you need is money.
Why do beat up, scratched and chipped lures, as well as mangled flies,
catch more fish than new ones? This is a rhetorical question that
should merely be accepted as fact.
The same thing goes for wet flies, which explains why I haven't tied
any in years.
The color of a lure isn't, I believe, as important as its visibility
in different light and water conditions.
I will replace all my fishing line and leaders soon rather than wait
until I start losing fish.
And, finally, I will heed that old adage that "the best time
to go fishing is anytime you get the chance!"
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