This week marks 4 years of lureandfly.com – it’s a long time, a lot of articles and plenty of fishing. Although the challenge of finding content is challenging sometimes, I honestly feel that I continue to learn because of the work that we put into the site.
This week has given me the chance to reflect on what I love about fishing. Writing is something that has energised me to keep fishing, where writing has forced me to constantly think about what I do but why do I love it to begin with?
I love the pursuit, that’s probably pretty common amongst many anglers. Whether it be chasing a “bucket list” fish or catching a PB, the chase is something that I really enjoy. Having to outsmart the fish is part of the challenge too, I’ve heard of anglers calling the fish dumb but there are plenty of trips where I am the one looking like the fool.
Like anything, the lows make the highs better. Those tough sessions are contrasted by those sessions where you can do no wrong. Those awesome sessions are the thing that I know that I constantly chase.
For me, it is about the perfection too. A bit like a golf swing, where reading the water, picking the right lure, making the perfect cast and landing the fish can appear as the pipe dream, I look at fishing and realise that I don’t necessarily do it for the relaxation, it can be more stressful, frustrating and tear inducing than anything else I’ve ever put my mind to.
I think the golf swing analogy sums it up quite succinctly in many ways, the perfect cast, the perfect session, the perfect lure are all impossible concepts. Even to the point that the perfect article, photo or video are impossible concepts.
So while I continue to fish, I intend on continuing to write and learn. The next 12 months of lureandfly.com will be about continuing the learning process, while hopefully passing a few more nuggets along to you, the reader.