My final musings


I swear I’m not a hippie. I don’t think so, at least. But I cannot overemphasize the importance of paying attention to nature when you’re having an awesome day of fishing. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement but if you can just take a few minutes and look around, you’ll be able to consistently duplicate that success each year.

Heck, even if you do get caught up in the excitement, it’s not too late to make some important notes. Say you get back to the house around dark. Grab you some supper, a cold drink and talk non-stop to your spouse about your killer day of fishing. But in the morning when you wake up, grab a cup of coffee and go outside. Look around in your yard and seriously take everything in.

Are the ferns starting to green-up again? Have the cardinals and blue jays made their way back to your feeders? Are the dogwood trees budding yet? Are the deer starting to move through your property again? Have they shed their antlers yet? Can you finally hear the sound of those pileated woodpeckers after a long, nasty winter?

So often we want the “quick fix” when it comes to both fishing and hunting. We think we’re going to read or watch something that will turn us into overnight experts. While research surely helps, nothing will ever beat the ability to keep a clear mind and become part of nature’s symphony. Nature talks to us every single day but always remember… it’s up to us to listen.