"Admittedly, 'catching fish', as has often been pointed out, is by no means the be-all and end-all of angling. Is it not rather the surmounting of difficult problem coupled with delightful surroundings and pleasant company which is the over-riding attraction? Does not the appreciation of and the attempt to understand all that lives in or around the river also count for a great deal? Likewise the self-control which is necessary if the fisherman is to arrive at even a moderate level of skill, and the ability to submerge individual aspirations, intense though they may be, in the camaraderie of angling friends and companions".
I met JAC when he was an old man, and I was a boy. The quote at the top of this thread was not the ethos he inspired in me. As I recall he went fishing to catch fish, and the rest was a bonus. Give JAC as attractive a river and surroundings as you like, if there were no fish, he really wasn't interested. I've gone along with that for a long time, I still go fishing to catch fish, and for no other reason.
I too go fishing to catch fish ...... as we all do I assume and is certainly my major motivation in rising at 3am (or not going to yer pit at all), driving excessive distances (sometimes), forking out good money (usually) and gettin hame knackered nae use tae man nor beast (always).
Unfortunately, we have to accept that, in all probability, there will be more than one occasion during the course of a season when there are indeed nae, or very few, fish aboot - see recent Middle Blackhall posts.
When days such as these threaten to darken my particular door step (and there have been times when ma door step couldnae get ony darker) I reckon the wily fisher has two options available to him / her .......
1) Pack it in early and spend the rest of the day in the bookies (or similar) ...... or ......
2) Perservere and seek solace, spiritual enlightenment, comfort and a general sense of well being through what might be considered by some (foolishly) as secondary or meaningless 'peripherals' - a stunning landscape, the elements, clean air, entertaining and knowledgeable company ..... and fern cakes.
In a situation such as this I would depart, in all probability, fishless yet as equally fulfilled had I 'connected'. As you say, and a phrase shiny with use, "the rest is a bonus".
Fish ? - que sera sera.
But thats me - ken ? best regards STip
Last Edit: May 22, 2008 14:26:18 GMT by sinkingtip
Richt - that's it ! Social gathering is it ? .... eh'll gie you "social gathering" m'lad.
Just you wait til the next all nighter - rod of iron, no quarter given, military exercise, dogged perseverance, nae slackin ..... and only one scheduled break of twa meenits for a tin of Vimto and a packet 'o Swizzles.
Eh'll gie you bliddy "social gathering". ;D
Last Edit: May 22, 2008 14:08:10 GMT by sinkingtip
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