There is something magical about water. All of our senses are stimulated by its presence. It can be peaceful and relaxing one moment, and violent and devastating the next.
Humans are mainly big bags of water. Our bloods and fluids are basically sea water. Perhaps this explains our connection with water. Our thirst for water extends beyond what we drink. Water sports excite, invite, thrill, and reward us.
Fishing and boating are great ways to become connected to the water. While you are there you can swim, soak, or enjoy water in other ways as well. The sound of water is most special. Whether it is the sound of waves breaking on a beach, or the sound of flowing creeks and rivers. I once recorded an entire cassette tape of the Madison River, in Montana, as it flowed past my campsite. Whenever I couldn’t sleep, I would play it and drift back to Montana. Water cleanses our bodies and souls.
The creatures that live in and around water with us are also amazing. Without water, there can be no life as we know it. Even in the boiling hot springs of Yellowstone Park, you can find life. The birds, bugs, insects, amphibians, and fish are all part of our experience.
Fishermen are closer to the water than most. To catch a fish, they must understand the connections, cycles, and science of the wet environment. Tides, flows hatches, habitat, food chains, and weather are all part of when, why, and how we fish.
Whether you are fishing fresh water trout streams, warm water rivers and lakes, estuaries or bays, or the salty oceans, there is something most amazing that draws you back.
The rise of a trout taking a mayfly is just sexy! A largemouth bass taking a Jitterbug at night is exciting. Striped Bass chasing surface poppers along an early morning shoreline is infectious. Tuna taking chunks of chummed bait at the back of the boat, bluegills eating worms on a bobber, or any fish anywhere, gets us all hooked on fishing.
We go fishing to be near the water, not to just catch a fish. The fish are just the excuse that takes us to wet places we would never normally visit. The expense, time, gear and planning take us to the point where we finally catch a fish! The fight is amazing, the thrill is addicting, the pictures and memories are vivid and then we throw the fish back into the water to fight another day.
When work is tough, we often drift off to revisit the special waters that flow in our minds. The sounds, smells, and feels that stimulate our senses are in perfect alignment.
Go with the Flow!
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