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Some days, all you do is try and try and try again, yet when it comes to catching a fish, you  just can’t do it.  But, fishing isn’t called catching for a reason and often, I don’t care.  Sure it’s awesome to catch a fish.  Even better are those magic days where you just can’t do anything wrong and you catch fish after fish.  But those days are magical and the only reason we can really appreciate them for what they are is because as fishermen, we know that it’s not always going to be like that.  Like everything in life, we can only appreciate the good because we know the bad and because of the bad, we gain an understanding of our world that put’s us in touch with our higher self.  This world is a test and those of us that pass are those that know, you have to put in hour after hour of tough work some days and the results you are looking for may not be the ones you get.  If you find yourself at the side of a river or out on the water and you can’t get what you want ( a fish), take some time and step back from yourself, look around, take a deep breath and appreciate what you see.  Maybe it is a close friend or family member in the boat with you.  Appreciate them because they are there with you.  This is life and just as we live, we die.  To really appreciate life, you have to appreciate that it will not always be here and that means that friend or family member too.  So really appreciate them because you never know when you won’t have the opportunity again.  Look around.  See the sites?  They were made for you and your enjoyment.  Take time to appreciate where you are and  what you are doing.  Maybe it’s not as fun to not catch fish, but maybe there is something else going on and you need to appreciate it.

I love to catch fish, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t go fishing  just because of catching fish.  There is a lot more to it and it is hard to explain.  When it’s a freezing cold day in Canada and I am standing at the side of a river trying to catch my targeted species, the rod guides are icing over, my hands are frozen because wearing gloves would interfere with the feeling the line, I don’t get discouraged.  I keep fishing.  Many people would think I’m crazy, and sure, there may be a part of that, but I know that I am testing myself.  I am practicing and appreciating just how tough it can be to catch fish.  It is a day like this that I can juxtapose against a magic day and it is a day like this that makes me really appreciate how wonderful it can be on a day when the livewell is full and the smiles come easy.  It is a day like this that makes me know who I am and it is a day like this that  lets me know that somehow, no matter what, I have the fortitude to endure anything.  Any day fishing is a wonderful day and better than a day when I can’t be on the water, so next time you are out fishing and not catching, don’t be discouraged but remember this-you are exactly where you are supposed to be and now take some time to enjoy it.  Tight lines my friends and I’ll see you on the water!

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