We have a saying in fishing and the outdoors. "It's not called catching for a reason". Because we don't catch all of them. We miss strikes, line breaks, they throw the hook. sometimes it's just a stick. But we keep doing it through. Time and time again, we go back and try. We go back for a few reasons

Because it's not just about catching fish.

Sharing Moments

     Sometimes it's not the fish we walk away with that matters the most. It the memories. The moments we share with others, especially the ones we care about, are the important ones. It's also about the moments we plan on making. 

       When the day is over and you're sitting around a fire, hopefully cooking some fish, and sharing stories that's the important part of the trip. That's the moment part. Those are the moments we remember. It just happens to be a really important part of life. One of my favorite parts. Life, as we know, is measured by the moments and the little things.

    We are social creatures by nature. We need connections. We need fishing buddies. We need to fish with family, friends, girlfriends, wives. All of our social family. Doesn't matter how big the circle is, as long as we share with others and make moments.

Passing on Knowledge

    Part of the sharing we do as humans, and outdoors people, is passing on skills, moments, and knowledge to others. Where would we all be if someone hadn't taken us fishing, or answered those early questions? Probably still trying to figure it all out. 

     I've been fishing for years, and I still have questions. Do I think there will ever be a day I know it all? I hope not! I like learning new things. There's still fish I haven't caught yet. There's still fish I haven't heard of. Places I haven't explored. Mountains yet to climb. It keeps me dreaming. That keeps me smiling. There are still more moments to come.

   It's like a woman. They confound me. I don't understand a lot of why they do things. I also love them because of it. I want to make a lot of moments with one. I hope she likes to fish cause she's not getting out of it. That might be a moment waiting to happen. Hopefully a good one. Time will tell.

Enjoying Right Now

    You have to live in the now or you'll end up missing moments. We've all heard it and it's true. Yesterday is gone and has become a moment past. Tomorow isn't here yet and is a moment waiting to happen. All you have is right now, this moment. Plan for tomorrow and work towards the one you want. Let yesterday's moments guide you to tomorrow's moments. Learn to enjoy right now and you'll have learned how to enjoy life.

    I change lures all the time. If they aren't working right now in this moment, I switch to something else. I might try it again later. If your hardheaded, you'll keep throwing the same thing until you get something to hit it. It might work sometimes but don't do this. Change lures as often as you need to. You can come back to something later. (I'm not JUST talking about lures.)

     If you're thinking about the one that got away, you might miss the next bite. You have to be in the now to be a good fisherman. You have to be in the now to be a good person. Dreams are good, but you have to focus on now, and how to get there to those moments.

 

Know What's Important

     In case you haven't been able to guess there's more to fishing than just catching, unless you're fishing that stream in heaven with Jesus. Yes, I believe Jesus is catching in a stream in Heaven. I'll tell him some of my more memorable fishing moments when I get there. 

  Fishing is also about the people you fish with and the memories you make. That's what you take with you. Life is measured by the moments we share and the little things.

     I don't remember every single fish I ever caught. It's usually just another of whatever fish. I do remember the time that me and this person did this and caught that. The time me and you didn't catch anything, but we did . . .I remember the moments.

    Life doesn't come with a guarantee. Neither does fishing. You have to do both to appreciate them. You make memories and moments in both. We share both with the ones we care about. We learn to appreciate the moment happening right now.

   There's a lot to learn about life from fishing and the outdoors. There's a lot to learn about fishing from life.  It's not just catching. Life is about the living. Living is about moments.

and the little things.

Enjoy the Outdoors. Life is out here!

       

written by Benjamin Evans