There is a commonly held belief that golf is the fastest growing sport in the world – however, even if this is the case, fishing must be running a very close second. There are increasing numbers of people who are today making the effort of learning how to catch fish.
What is the reason for this? The answer is both complex and simple in the extreme. The simple answer as to why more and more people are learning how to catch fish is that fishing is great fun.
Now, this might be a trite and possibly too simplistic an answer as to why fishing is so popular – however delving a little deeper into the complexities of what motivates fisherman (and ladies) reveals that the ‘fun aspect of the sport is made up of many different components.
Firstly there is the fact that ‘fishing’ can be all things to all people. The enormous number of styles and the diverse nature of the waters that can be fished make it a sport that offers almost endless variety – and the opportunity to continually hone one’s skills.
The art of fishing a piece of water (salt or fresh) only begins with the selection of equipment – after that one enters into a complex whirlwind of factors that will influence how one goes about the pastime.
Firstly there is the style that is applicable to the conditions – and the fisherman’s frame of mind. The skill involved in Fly Fishing for instance and that involved in bait casting (or for that matter using a lure of some kind)are very different – yet they offer rewards that are unique to the exercise of that particular subset of the fishing experience.
There is also the challenge presented by the many different species of target species. Each and every one of those species has unique habitats and behaviors – making landing them a challenge that most fishermen revel in.
It is a challenge that requires careful thought – and it also means that the person holding the rod will need to be learning on an almost constant basis. That is another of the attractions of learning how to fish – it is not something that can ever be completely mastered, there are simply too many variables involved.
There is a widely held belief among those who have been indulging in the hobby for a number of years that the fisherman evolves in outlook. When they start they are aiming to land the biggest fish, then they mature slightly and its all about the numbers.
Finally, they get to the stage where they actively search out the most difficult species to land – even if it that one wily old trout holding out under a riverside overhang. It is this maturation and evolution that defines why fishing is simply so popular.
Of course, it does not hurt that fishing takes you out into some of the most wonderful, unspoiled natural surroundings – where your soul is soothed and stress rapidly becomes a distant memory.
Get hold of a rod today – and ask an old-timer to show you the ropes. You will be hooked sooner than you might think.