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To Fish Or Not To Fish

July 5, 2019

To fish or not to fish, that is the question.

There were times years ago when this question would have never been asked; I was always ready to hit the water. These days I have to give it some careful thought.

When time catches up with you and beats the crap out of you, your fishing choices and decisions change as do a lot of other things. Gone is the wild impulse to just pile into a car and go anywhere anytime in the quest for fish. In the golden years there are things that must be carefully considered:

What is the temperature outside? (It needs to be between 70 and 72.)
How far is the river? (It has to be less than an hour away.)
How high is the water today? (Can’t wade like I used to.)
What are they hitting? (I don’t want to schlep a million flies with me when two will do.)
Did the stocking truck just pull out? (No sense of going to all the trouble for nothing.)
Are there bathrooms nearby? (Can’t go anywhere with an unpredictable bladder.)
Do I really have to pack a lunch? (There must be a Bojangles near by!)

This list broadens considerably with age but you get the picture.

To fish or not to fish…. hmm, maybe. Can we go after lunch?

PS – For those who know me well, no explanation is needed. For those who don’t, this is satire! 😎

Photo: A nice Brown caught and released on the North Mills River, NC

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12 Comments
  1. Ironico questo sì ma è anche vero che gli anni della maturità pongono molti paletti il mio ad esempio con questo caldo è :
    “andare o non andare al mare e a che ora mattina o sera?”

    Shera 🍉🍉🍹🍹

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  2. This made me smile. You capture the mindset of the mature personvery nicely. Do I really want to do this bad enough to make the effort?

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  3. I talked about having a front porch–like our old farmhouse–for decades. When we remodeled a while back, we added that front porch, but only my husband can stand temps above and below the ones you mentioned, so he’s the one who enjoys the porch–in all kinds of weather.

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    • Your story reminds me of when I insisted that my mother go out on the porch to smoke because we never allowed smoking in our house. It was 22 degrees outside. She asked, “Really?” I just opened the porch door and smiled. 🙄

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  4. Yes, for me it’s hiking and camping. Had a tent experience a couple weeks ago and had to ask myself why I was sleeping on the ground when I can afford a decent hotel room sans mosquitoes!

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    • The last time I slept on the ground was, well let’s just say “awhile ago.” I purposely pitched the tent on a moose trail to amuse my wife, However, she sat awake most of the night with a loaded gun saying “What’ that?” every 30 minutes. Today: Hotels – Yes Moose Trails – No

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  5. Goes to show there’s a lot more to fishing than just sitting in the grass waiting for a bite. 😀

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