Fishing

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I tried figuring out why so many women lack any interest in either hunting or fishing, and I managed to come up with several reasons. One of the most important ones seems to be that these two activities aren’t necessarily eco-friendly. Even though there are many exceptions to the rule, many women are compassionate and don’t find anything entertaining about catching a fish or hunting for big or small game. Many have actually forgotten about their ancestry and roots, in that they completely ignore the hunter-gatherer aspect of our human nature. What’s more, it seems to me that, since many women choose to be mothers and therefore, create another living and breathing being, it’s difficult for them to become killers. In spite of the fact that hunters don’t think of them as such, they are killers.

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The issue, in this case, is that women often times ignore the fact that hunting and fishing have to take place following certain rules. There are local legislations to abide by and official seasons where anglers, archers, and shooters, are legally allowed to catch their target and bring it on home. What’s more, many spouses and female relatives may also avoid looking into eco-friendly practices such as the catch and release policy. While it is not particularly common, this policy is performed nowadays due to the risk of endangering fish species in various habitats. Also, it is worth noting that sometimes, hunting for a particular game such as rabbits or fishing for bass, for instance, can actually be beneficial for the local fauna. In many cases, these invasive species were so powerful and bred so quickly that they managed to destroy the habitat of other native ones, which can be seen easily only by looking at the destruction of the natural ecosystem caused by rabbits in Australia.

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Another factor that comes to mind is that these two activities are typically anything but clean and tidy. When you’re out fishing, your clothes are likely to become dirty at some point or the other, and this goes for hunting, just as well. Many a time, you have to lie on your stomach to get a clear picture of your target and be able to make a clean kill. It’s rather obvious that this side of the story is less preferred by women, who usually like sports and outdoor activities that are somewhat cleaner when compared to fishing and hunting.

Finally, the last reason I managed to come up with is that these two sports require a lot of patience on the part of the person. Sitting and waiting on the shore for half a day is quite common among anglers, but many women have constructive characters that force them to feel like they could be doing something more useful other than waiting for or getting the fish to bite. Apparently, the same rule applies to hunting, as there’s a high chance you won’t ever shoot that deer down if you make a lot of noise, lose your patience, and try to be more productive than waiting around for it to show up in sight.

Here’s a website for ladies who’d like to experience these 2 great activities.

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I’m always negatively surprised to see how small the number of women who decide to take up outdoor sports is. It is true that activities such as biking or running are popular among both women and men, but others, such as fishing, are not. It doesn’t seem logical to me, especially since fishing is not a physically demanding sport, as is climbing, for example. From my point of view, fishing is a sport that could appeal to women as much as it appeals to men.

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Firstly, it is a relaxing way of spending a day outdoors. It clears your mind from the daily problems, family issues and other organizational tasks you have to perform as a routine. For me, personally, it is the perfect getaway from the day-to-day stress.

 

dum3Many women, with whom I had the chance to discuss this issue, usually raised one of the following objections: firstly, they found it difficult to use the specialized gear and, secondly, they didn’t like killing living creatures and then eat them. I can understand the displeasure that some women may experience towards fishing for food, but I believe the first one is only the result of disinformation. Tackle gear is nowadays so varied that it is quite unlikely that you don’t find some piece of equipment that you can use with ease. Rods are extremely light and designed so that they are easy to use and they come with certain features that allow even the smaller individuals to handle them with preciseness. In addition, the mechanisms used are simple, thus mastering a rod doesn’t require any special skills or increased physical strength.

 

It is true, it may take some effort in the beginning, but so does any other activity that you learn from scratch. Once you understand the simple techniques, it is a pleasure to spend a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, somewhere in nature. As for the second objection, fishing doesn’t necessarily require you to catch and cook fish. If you prefer it, you can release them back into the water. You don’t even have to deal with living bait, as most of it is plastic made and only resembles a certain insect species that fish usually feed on. As such, there’s no real harm you are making. If we were to take things to the extremes, you can see fishing as a survival skill. Who knows if, one day you won’t find yourself in the situation in which you need to provide food for your kids that you have to catch yourself? I know an apocalyptic scenario is quite a long shot, but you never know, do you?

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY JULY 25 ** Joanna Decker, 49, a delegate from Washington State, who will be heading to Boston for the Democratic National Convention, she spend some time flyfishing on the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Wash., on Friday July 23, 2004. She is a flyfishing instructor who spends time in the outdoors of the Northwest. As the delegates gather in Boston for this week's convention, an Associated Press survey of Washington's 95 delegates reveals who they are and what they care about. (APPhoto/Kevin P. Casey)

Besides that, precisely because many women see fishing as a demanding activity, you should attempt learning it. You will face a challenge and overcoming it alone will make you feel better.

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Sitting at home in summer is a waste of time. So, I decided to get ready and explore new fishing places and techniques. Something that I haven’t tried in long is fly fishing, thus, I’ve left home one day and decided to acquire some new tackle gear, as I didn’t have anything nearly as professional as I wanted. In the end, after reading many reviews and studying the price offers of many fly fishing combos, I finally found my soul mate. As I’m already familiar with this angling technique and also possess some equipment at home, I decided I should concentrate on finding a great reel and rod combo, as my old one got a bit shabby. But, since I consider myself a connoisseur when it comes to fishing, I haven’t bought a ready-made combination, but dared teaming up the reel and combo myself, using my own brains.

 

dumm5I’m pretty happy with the result, so I’ve decided to talk about the two here, starting with the rod: the Okuma Crisium. This is a graphite, 2-piece 9 foot long rod (which is the all-round length for fly fishing) with a medium action that will masterfully serve all angling purposes. It is hard to put in words how precise and smooth castings I accomplish with it. In this, you can see the hands of the Okuma experts, as the line smoothly passes through the guides when you cast. Also, the graphite blank senses any vibration coming from the water, so it’s really difficult to miss even a small bite, if it happens. Of course, it is not only the sturdy but sensitive build of the shaft that convinced me to buy it, but also the cork, comfortable grip with which it is fitted. Most of my rods have foam grips and I’m always happy to find an affordable alternative combining graphite and cork in one product. In addition, all parts are made with quality and durable materials: the guides are made with stainless steel and titanium oxide, both of them corrosion resistant and the reel seat is made with rosewood, a heavy and long-lasting material.

 

dumm4I teamed up this great rod with the Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel, as I considered it to be not only a great partner for this rod, but also a bargain, considering the money I paid on it. The second reason why I bought it is that it is a well-engineered piece of equipment. Firstly, it comes with a disc drag system, which means I can use it for bigger fish species. Secondly, the corrosion resistant properties of the materials used make it ideal for saltwater fishing. This reel is built with CNC-machined aluminum alloy, and this too ensures resistance and waterproof properties. The disc drag system is made with stainless steel and has a one-way clutch bearing. The mid-arbor design ensures an easy retrieve and the reel can be converted for right or left hand use easily. You can find more info on this reel here.

 

I tried it outside to see how it works and the results gave me great expectations for my next fishing trip!

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Every season has its own specific fishing rules that you need to obey to if you want to land fish. These rules are not always related to the species you target, but also to the surroundings. So what do you need to know about summer fishing? I have chosen four things that I consider to be most important for the hot fishing season.

 

Dress in an appropriate manner

Canada, Newfoundland, Northern Peninsula, Viking Trail, Tuckamore Lodge, young lady fishing, Amanda, "Model released"

Fishing clothing is important no matter the season. For hot days, wear airy garments, a good sun protective hat and sunglasses. Don’t underestimate the importance of materials: sun protective and waterproof materials are a must for such circumstances, but your basic fishing clothes should at least be made with quality materials, that will make you feel comfortable. Don’t forget to take with you a hoodie for cold evenings and mornings and sunscreen.

 

Protect yourself from harmful insects and mosquito bites

You can do this in two ways: you either buy a set of clothes that are made with mosquito repellent fabrics or you use bug spray. If you want to make sure mosquitos and other bugs won’t touch you, you can do both.

 

Adapt your gear to the circumstances

dumm2I’m strictly referring to the fishing circumstances here. The best way to reel in some fish is to carefully study your surroundings. One thing you should keep in mind when you go fishing on a summer’s day is vegetation. You may have visited the same place in spring or autumn, but it will definitely look so much more different now, with all the herbs growing around it or in water. Vegetation can get your line and bait into trouble. The problem with water plants is that you get to see only what’s on the surface. If your line gets stuck in algae or other plant roots, good luck getting it out of there. Many fishermen have broken their lines or even rod this way. In addition, remember that fish will look for cooler spots, provided by trees shadow or water plants, so they will hide among these, if necessary. If you want to catch something that day, make sure your rod is able to handle rougher fishing conditions and that you use bait that floats or has small chances of getting tangled.

 

Check out new fishing spots

There’s no time like summer to discover new places to go fishing. The day is longer than usual, the sun shines brighter and you rarely need to endure cold or rainy days. Of course, that also depends on where you go fishing, but, normally, summer is the best time to explore unknown places and discover some fishing spots that will make your friends envious.

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I’ve written before about how hard it can be for a woman to learn the basics of fishing since the sport is mostly practiced by men. In spite of the fact that I used to be a member of fishing clubs back when I was in college, once I started working it wasn’t so easy anymore. I wanted to go out fishing by myself or with a girlfriend who also wanted to learn the works of baitcasting but I had little time. In the end, we decided that we’d try out our best at getting together every Saturday or Sunday, depending on when we both had a bit of time off from work. This blog post is going to be all about my learning experience with regard to baitcasting and about some of the fishing gear that I started utilizing in the beginning.

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dumwiam2Seeing how I’m not a well-seasoned fisherwoman, I wanted to spend my money on something worth the while, but I had no intention on getting an overly expensive rod or reel that I couldn’t use properly. I started my quest for the perfect equipment by going through some rod &reel reviews and ratings, which is what I recommend to anyone who wants to learn a bit about fishing, in general. Soon enough, I realized that baitcasting was not the easiest technique ever to have been invented, but since I’m ambitious enough, I wanted to learn the basics as best as I could. I learned that the most important part of a baitcasting setup was the reel. From what I gathered, a cheap one wouldn’t do because the parts should have been made out of high-quality materials. I decided to go for the Piscifun Black Baitcasting Reel because I was impressed with the level of critical acclaim gathered by the item and it seemed reasonably priced and well-built. This product is a medium-speed option that I could use regardless of my expertise in the field or the fishing circumstances that I would come across. Even though I wanted to get some fluorocarbon line, I decided to go against it and settle for monofilament instead, because I noticed that experts recommend this type of line for beginners. It’s supposed to be easier to cast.

dumwiam3Both the hunting and the fishing community seems to think that getting a rod and reel that hasn’t been manufactured by a big brand is the wrong way to go about things. I don’t know if this is a healthy way of thinking, but I was able to find a rather affordable alternative, the Abu Garcia Medium Veritas Casting Rod. This pole seems to be durable and well-designed, and the neat thing about it is that it comes with guides that have been constructed out of titanium alloy. Since I was resolute on using monofilament, I found that titanium alloy was the best material for guides as they would withstand the abuse and traction.

While baitcasting raises some difficulties to first-time users, I’m pretty sure that with a bit of practice, I’ll get better. I won’t be discouraged by backlashes as everyone gets them in the beginning. What I’m more interested in is learning how to cast properly, as now I know that I should practice it as much as I can. Maybe if I go fishing every weekend, I’ll learn how to cast on longer distances in due time.