Adam Jensen: There’s a reason they don’t call it catching
Man, do I like fishing. I just wish I was a little better at the catching fish part.
Now, I have pulled a few trout from crisp Sierra Nevada streams, but I’ve also come back from fishing trips lamenting my apparent lack of survival skills. Despite some of those less-than-successful outings, I’ve never had a bad day fishing.
My last fishing trip, to south of Lake Tahoe near Bridgeport, was a flurry of catch and release and ranked among the best of fishing experiences of my life, due in no small part to the company and the surroundings. For me, just getting outside and having a second to appreciate the Sierra, typically with a group of trout-hungry friends, is worth the early waking, inevitable tangled lines and tested patience. Catching fish is a bonus. The fact that the backdrop for fishing in and around Lake Tahoe is typically nothing short of spectacular doesn’t hurt one bit. I know this laissez-faire attitude about bringing home a lunker is pretty lax compared to many fisherman out there and may be downright sacrilegious to some, but it hasn’t failed me yet.
The general California trout season opens just before sunrise Saturday (see page 7 for more). Here are a couple lines of inspiration for those looking to get the better of some trout this weekend:
“To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.”
— Herbert Hoover
“What people don’t understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There’s no other nation in the world where that happens. And it’s very much a part of our heritage.”
— Norman Schwarzkopf
“Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”
— Steven Wright
That last one hits uncomfortably close to home for me. Good luck to everyone getting their hooks in the water this weekend.
Adam Jensen is the editor or Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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