Some new writing up on http://anglingtime.com
Here’s an extract:
IT’S TIME TO FISH OR CUT BAIT.
Although many people manage to quite happily fish and cut bait during their down time, any lover of getting a line wet in the great outdoors will know that bait fishing is only one of the options available to the angling enthusiast.
Fishing with rod and reel, using both bone and metal fish hooks was a way of putting food on the table for the ancient Egyptians. Papyrus records also seem to indicate that it the banks of the Nile were shared by those who viewed fishing as a livelihood, and those in search of a relaxing day out.
Izaak Walton, author of the 1653 classic ‘The Compleat Angler’ is considered by many to be the father of sport fishing. He observed that “God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.” His pithy observation on the pastime clearly demonstrates that Mr Walton had not been with a group of Fly Fisherman who were drawing a blank after hours at the lake or riverside, working an expensive carbon fibre lightning rod.
However unshakable Mr Walton’s faith in the even tempered nature of fishermen was, he did have one sage observation that is as true today as it was 360 years ago; “Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.”
With that in mind, let’s lay the groundwork for an understanding of the choices that face today’s angler in his or her search for that perfect moment of waterside Zen.
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