Crosstraining. Why you should get back to your roots.

30 May

I strive to be a well rounded man. I try to stay up on current events, learn new things and be technologically savvy while respecting the lessons of the past.  I think this attitude is reflected in my attitude toward fishing in general.

I don’t always fish with conventional tackle, but, when I do, I prefer to fish with live bait.  I think that there is nothing more enticing to a fish than a minnow or a worm.  With the exception of some careful and wise walleyes that I have come to know, most fish just need to be near one of these baits and you can catch them.  So the trick is to get the bait to the fish, just like presenting a fly.  You can learn a lot about where fish lie, and how aggressive they are by chucking a worm in their general direction.

There are so many ways to use conventional tackle, and presentation is the key.  Well, presentation and maintaining a feel for the bait. A bunch of slack in the line and you can’t feel anything that is happening with your bait. The same applies to fly fishing.

So why ditch the fly gear and grab some worms and go fishing.  You can figure out where the fish are quickly and you can work on line management, getting the correct drift and maintaining feel for the bait.

I have another reason to dig up some worms and go fishing, and she isn’t old enough to go fly fishing yet.  But she sure is getting to love sitting on the dock and reeling in bluegills.  And that is a great start as far as I am concerned.


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