Yes, it’s been done before but not on www.tvangler.com. This week I wanted to start something new. I had thought about it last week, but I figured it would be better to start on a Monday. My idea is to introduce a new tip or cool product, related to fishing, every week. Some of you may find it useful, and others may think it’s a waste of time but will read it for lack of anything better to do. Feel free to comment or add your own tips and such. Who knows, maybe I will find out something useful from all of you.
Insane Tactics: Keep a fishing journal
Before you go all nuts on me, you should at least hear me out. Most things (my so called words of wisdom) I can tell you have came from personal experiences. I can’t stress to you enough the importance of keeping a fishing journal. In the past, I never saw the need for doing this. I mean really…who the heck has time to write in some stupid book during or right after a fishing trip? On the flip side, who has time NOT to keep a fishing journal?
There are always patterns for catching fish. A few things you might want to include in your journal may be the date, time of day, weather stats (temp, cloud cover, wind, cold front coming through, etc.), fly or lure used, size of fish, number of fish, type of retrieve, etc. You can’t possibly remember all these details from every one of your fishing trips. Don’t waste time figuring out patterns that you have already discovered last season.
Another way to use your journal, keep in mind that this is optional, is to write down all of your fishing stories and adventures. Whether you are an aspiring writer or just one who enjoys reading about the crazy things you have done, so many memories can be preserved by writing them down. Things that didn’t even seem funny at the time make me laugh even to this day. Quite possibly the best times of my life were spent on the water with my close friends and family members. I will always remember bits and pieces, but good memories are sometimes like the leaves of autumn as they drift away aimlessly in the wind.
For those who are artistic, a journal can be a good place to sketch. You never know when you will come across something on your trip that may inspire you in one way or another. Many good outdoor paintings, photos, or drawings have come from those who are inspired by something they find in nature. You may find it worthwhile to check out Muriel Foster’s Fishing Diary. Hawgdaddy has a copy of this book, and it’s definitely worth taking a look at.
Good Luck and God Bless,