Life is abundantly full of things you have to do. It's a great necessity for me to get some re-charge from my outdoor pursuits. If you're reading this I don't think I'll have to tell you why the outdoors is the escape needed for me.
Sometimes you get unexpected spare time and no plans can be made, you just use the time and get out.
How to find more smallie waters
Personally, I mostly fly fish which conjures the image often reserved for cold spring streams and brook trout/steelhead anglers. Most people associate that image with some businessmen pampered in expensive gear and throwing tiny dry flies with excruciating detail in an effort to "match the hatch". I love fishing for trout when I get the opportunity... but the real deal in my opinion is the smallmouth bass. I can identify with it. Lives in average water, scraping the bottom at times, chasing down food and minnows in ambush, and possessing the "never say die" attitude that they've become so famous for. This bronze fish with a slightly smaller mouth than their slack water cousin the bucket mouth can sure make for some serious battles on the warm water streams. I've seen novice smallie anglers drop their jaw when they hold up a 10 inch fish in disbelief of the work they had to put in to land that nominal fish.
One of the reasons I fish and probably the biggest reason is simply to get out into some place quiet and try to fool nature into letting a fish take my line. For a time I looked only for the biggest fish I could land, but lately I've came unto the realization of just how much water is out there left unexplored. I love finding new spots and small streams that most people drive by everyday. The larger lakes are packed out and I believe that most think the better fishing opportunities exist only there, but I can attest to the quality of fishing those small blue lines on the map. I can also tell you that I know of places where there is no trash laying stream side, no noise from the roads, no loudmouths announcing every hook set they miss... Most of us try to get away from the business of life and that includes technology but theres a beautiful advantage of tech that I've been enjoying the past few years: Google Maps.
Biology of a stream
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.
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