Goin' Fishin'? Catch some pointers at HPL—August 16, 2013
Summer always feels like a mini vacation. It’s a season to kick back, relax and enjoy all the things that would normally disappear into the hectic drama of everyday living. Activities can be as intense or as lazy as the participant chooses.
Fishing, for example, allows you to sit mesmerized by a red and white orb dancing on water which glistens as it reflects the sun’s rays as they sift through the trees. If landing a whopper is the goal, you might be studying your tackle for just the right lure, the perfect hook and anything else to help outsmart a fish. Reading the water is a factor in fishing also. Is the water cold or warm? Are there bugs on the surface? HPL has numerous titles such as “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fishing Basics” to introduce a novice to the thrill of fishing or improve the skills of more experienced anglers.
Seasoned fishermen usually have huge tackle inventories, insisting that different breeds of fish are attracted to different colors, movements and even scent. Some people make their own lures and flies using all kinds of materials. A local fishing enthusiast made a bride and groom set of flies for a newlywed fishing couple. The idea is to make fish think that the camouflaged hook is actually a tasty morsel. “Fishing With Artificial Lures” describes different types of lures and what types of fish are attracted to each one. “Trout Flies of the West” includes illustrations and detailed descriptions of each of hundreds of different flies.
“Flyfishing, First Cast To First Fish” and “Flyfishing” are good sources for techniques with flyfishing. Several years ago, my father-in-law, an avid outdoorsman, presented me with the equipment for this fast paced method of landing a creel full of fish. Fish seem interested in the constant motion of the line snapping on and off the water. Setting a couple of lines while flyfishing is a great way to eliminate any chance of boredom.
My guess is that most fishing enthusiasts are ready to hang up the poles when the temperature plummets and the landscape changes to white crystals, but there are people who venture out on the icy surface of a frozen lake dragging a portable shelter behind. A small heater to keep warm makes the setting a cozy one. “Hooked On Ice Fishing” By Tom Gruenwald explains everything from set up to rescue procedures to keeping your minnows comfy. “Ice Fishing, Methods and Magic” is written in a conversational style about methods to catch specific breeds of fish, almost like a having a super experienced buddy passing on pointers for a successful day on the ice.
“Fishing Fundamentals” is a dvd which helps decide which pole, lines and tackle to start with and continues with every aspect of fishing including cleaning and cooking your catch.
The best part of fishing is that the success of a day is up to the individuals involved. Families can have competitions just for fun. Or friends can swap tales as the water rocks their lazy bobbers. Don’t take my word for it. Grab a pole and go fishin’!