The first of which is preparation. Before any fishing trip there is time set aside to check and clean all of the equipment that will be used. Line needs to be checked to make sure that it isn’t frayed and if it is, that line is cut off and the lure retied. There are times when reels need to be re-spooled before the next trip.
Another lesson I believe fishing teaches us is adaptability. I for one usually have an idea of what lures I am going to use before I ever leave the house. I am anticipating certain conditions will exist when I get to the lake and I choose baits based on those assumptions. However, it doesn’t always work out quite the way we intend and I have certainly found myself faced with different factors that force a change of approach and with it a change of lures.
Once again, since I have my children with me more often than not, they have learned to be adaptable to the conditions they are faced with. Not to be preachy but the fact of the matter is that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and when they do those that adapt the quickest tend to have the most success.
It’s funny how my eight year old will now point out something that I hadn’t noticed and recommend a lure that she believes will be successful based on her observations. It is that kind of awareness that once learned can readily be applied in so many other areas and one that fishing teaches.
It may be that this wonderful, simple little hobby can teach us all some life lessons that for whatever reason, seem to be more easily learned when you are outside, next to some body of water pursuing that first bite of the day.
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