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More women should take up fishing

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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