Friday, June 23, 2006

Fishing for a Bond

Fishing is a versatile activity; you can do it alone or with family and friends. You can compete with others or with Mother Nature. You can do it for sport or as a therapy to get away and relax from boredom and routine. That is why most of us make of fishing our primary recreational activity and that is why it is becoming so popular in America as well as in other countries.

According to some surveys, more than 60 million Americans preferred fishing above some other sports like soccer or foot-ball. Like any other sport, fishing also has rules and among the most important ones are letting go the fish you won’t eat and getting a fishing license before going to fish.

To get a fishing license you have to check for the requirements and regulations your state and/or country have. In some cases you need a “conservation license” before getting your actual fishing license. The age is not important to get a license, but usually kids up to 11 years old can get the license for free.

I think one of the most important things for making fishing a memorable experience is learning –if you have never fished before- and planning.

If you are new to fishing you can start by doing some research on the Internet. There are some good sites where you can find useful tips for beginners. Another thing you might want to do, is going to a fishing store and ask. Usually they have directories, guides or instructors, you might even find there someone who is willing to teach you.

Be mindful of your budget, you don’t need state of the art gear to learn, you can get inexpensive “second–hand” gear until you are experienced enough to choose the best tools for you.

Once you get a grip on the basics, you can keep practicing almost everywhere, the backyard can be a good place for practice if it is big enough, but be careful if you decide to do it at your work cubicle, you might fish something nasty inside the coffee cup of a co-worker or poke out someone’s eyes…specially your boss’.

The next step on making fishing a memorable thing is the planning stage. Planning is as important as having the knowledge on fishing. In my experience the first thing to consider is LOCATION.

You do not want to go to a “fish desert”. Location also involves the type of fishing techniques involved and the gear you’ll be needing like boats, tools or special fishing-wear, the kind of bait you will be taking and the most important, where you, your family and friends will have a great time. For example, Alabama promotes their lakes and open banks for fishing; in some of them you don’t even need a boat to fish.

But, why is it so important taking your family with you?

Firstly, according to “Family Life First” - an organization dedicated to promote the need of spending quality and useful time with families - in the last 20 years, children have been spending less time doing outdoor activities and parents reducing the time they spend with their families all together.

Evolutionary Psychologist also points out the importance of family or group bonds and member collaboration, as well as teaching-learning skills handed from the parents. Getting every member of the family involved on the trip planning creates a stronger bond between all “the group”, it also makes everyone happy. I still have some memories from my fishing trips with my family and family’s friends.

Besides going out fishing in a group to help to tighten “family ties”, it also has some therapeutical values like stress relief and to becoming more structured in your life if it’s done properly. This without mentioning the enjoying values and benefits of interacting with nature.

Another ability you can get from fishing is cooking. There is nothing like preparing and grilling or baking a fresh caught fish, using, creating, modifying recipes and “taking out” the inner Chef in you.

Fishing is good for you, and is fun in group. The more you do it, the more you’ll like it and learn from it. You will also discover that fishing is not only taking a rod and a bait, you can also “Bear fish” or even use a bow!!!

Happy fishing.
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Monday, June 12, 2006

Fishing in Big Rivers and Fly fishing Leader tips

Hi there again!!!
While hanging out with friends in a big river I learnt too much about it, so i fugured you could do too so I want you to read this article

Fly-Fishing Big Rivers

it was a great experience -I might say- and then there is another article I want you to read about

Choosing The Proper Fly Fishing Leader and Tippet

Hope you enjoy this 2 articles!!

Nice week start!!

Tony the Tuna
Fly Fishing North America

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Alternative Fishing Styles

There we were, me and my new fishing apprentice at the lake. I
was teaching him the rudiments of handling the rod and putting
the bait and we were trying to catch a lake trout while
discussing everything from sports to the most effective
technique to escape from boring clothes-shopping with our wives.
I got some good ideas, I must confess.

At some point he asked me if there were some other fishing
techniques or alternative styles. "Is it always just a fishing
rod, reel, bait, and waiting in sport fishing?" he asked.

Of course it is the most common way to fish but it is not the
only way to fish. In sport fishing, there are different
techniques and tools for fishing depending on the type of fish
you want to catch. There are even games you can play with
friends or family.

One of Murphy's laws says that if something can be used for
something else besides its original use, someone will do it.
Some techniques or methods are more dangerous or fun than others.

Before I could explain him about some fun ways to fish as well
as others too dangerous to practice for a starter, I don't know
why it came to my mind a piece from the New Testament that says
that Jesus is reported to have said to his disciples: "Follow
me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19). Then I
said that in those times, fishing with a net in a group was
considered an honest effort to make a living. I don't know if he
is a religious man, but he agreed with that idea.

Some of you might not like the techniques discussed here. Others
will love them; it is a mater of diversity and sportsmanship.

One of the first fishing techniques we discussed and one I like,
is Hand Fishing, also known as Trout Tickling or Noodling if you
are fishing catfish. Noodling doesn't require any kind of
fishing tool but your hand and it is fun, just try it sometime.
It is also possible to fish lobsters when you are diving or
"Pearl" Fishing.

A variant of it is the Hand-Line Fishing. You just need a line
and a small piece of wood or something to roll the line. I've
seen this done at some beaches in Mexico but, as far as I know,
this is illegal in Kansas.

Another "ancestral" way to fish is Spear Fishing. Traditional
Spear Fishing is restricted to shallow waters, but the
development of the spear gun has made this method much more
efficient. Fishing can be done with an ordinary spear or a
specialized variant such as an eel spear or with a long or short
trident. You can be at a river shore or in the water with basic
or complete scuba equipment. A variant of this is "Bow Fishing"
which might not be fun if you keep losing arrows!!

Net Fishing is another method of sport fishing. All fishing nets
are meshes that are usually knotted by a relatively thin thread.
Modern nets are usually made of nylon, although nets made of
wool or silk thread were common until recently and are still
used in certain areas. The casting net is circular and the
diameter varies. The way to use it is sinking it at the same
time you make a forward motion from surface-down to bottom and
then up. There is a chance that you catch something else, but
hey, some coracles are as good as fish, besides this is also the
way they are caught.

Trawling is a fishing method that involves pulling a fishing net
through the water behind one or more boats. In Mexico there is a
place where the nets simulate butterflies wings and fish like
this. A gill net catches fish which try to pass through it by
snagging on the gill covers. Thus trapped, the fish can neither
advance trough the net nor retreat.

I find Kite Fishing very exotic. It was invented in China and
then learned by people in New Guinea and other Pacific Islands.
It is a very non-traditional way of fishing for a newbie getting
into the fishing world. It was used by people who did not have a
boat to fish, but also was very handy when fishing conditions
were difficult or the fishing places were inaccessible or
dangerous.

Ice Fishing, do I have to say more? Just get a line, a hook and
open a hole in the ice, just don't put your hand in it!

Fish Trapping is another way for fishing. There are two types of
traps: the semi-permanent and the permanent. Depending on the
type of fish you want to get, the traps can be several feet long
to relatively short. An example is dam fishing by building a
temporary dam in such a way that makes it easier to catch the
fish. Other types are the tripods used in the Congo and the weir
structures or baskets used in medieval times. The baskets or
weir structures are built according to the fish to catch

Another "natural" way to fish, involves trained animals like
cormorant, remoras and dogs.

Fishing using toxins is not a healthy way for catching fish.
There are some natural toxins found in some plants, and the main
idea is to paralyze the fish so you can easily catch it by hand.
The fish either dies right after suffocating or later in
transport. This is not only dangerous because you can get
poisoned too, but it is illegal.

In my opinion, using explosives are not only dangerous for you
if you don't know how to handle explosives, but also for the
environment. It kills by direct hit or shockwave. The worst
thing about it is that it is not selective.

Another dangerous practice is electro-fishing. It sounds like a
new dance, but actually is a fishing technique that involves
electricity. Depending on the type of fish, you can select the
voltage (a bit of electrical knowledge would be good) to stun
the fish. The problem is that you can also injure a diver and he
can get really mad at you. The device is supposed to be secure
for water usage since it has a dead-man-switch in case you fall
in the water.

So my Padawan learner might want to get into other fishing
techniques. And I hope he does as long as he doesn't blow up a
lake or electrocute someone else, after all, fishing is a
gentlemen's sport based on honest effort.



Happy fishing!!!!
Tony the Tuna
Fly-Fishing North America



Friday, June 02, 2006

More Fly-fishing Options

Hello there!! as usual, i have some stories to share and those include some recomendations for places for fishing, now i want to share:

Fishing in the U.S.A. don't want to say that is the bes place ever... but it is!!

also I want you to read Fishing at the South Pacific which I must say is fantastic!!!

or if you do want more adventure read Fishing in Canada.

Hope this articles give you some ideas or make you want go fishing!!!

see you later!!!

Tony The Tuna
Fly-Fishing North America

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Summer is here!!!

Summer is here...well not the one from the t.v. , I mean vacations for some people are here at last!! what about going out and do some

Salt Water Fishing ?

I kow you all will enjoy it very much, I do!!! My wife and I are thinking taking that or doing

Deep Sea Fishing

will tell you later what we dicided doing!!

well take care for the end of this week!!

Tony the Tuna
Fly Fishing North America

Monday, May 29, 2006

Taclke and Rod Holders

Talking to a good friend about fishing gear, we got to the conclusion of
the
Tackle Guidelines - The Most Unobserved Piece of Gear
is not only a matter of just looking good, but a matter of safety when fishing.

The Rod Holders - What is it and How they Work
is also a good article about tools you can use for fishing. might be expensive, but look at them as investment!!!

Hope you had a good weekend!!!


Tony the Tuna
Fly Fishing North America

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Fly Fishing - Using Videos as a Learning Tool

I always tell my friends or students what my father used to tell me "If you want to get started in any activity, go where that people get their stuff". If you are into fishing, go to a fishing store and look around, ask questions and look for the "ad wall" and you will find lots of information and people who can teach you.

But what if you can’t find someone to teach you or if you are just curious about it? There is always a way to start called "instructional videos". You can find some of them in VHS, but now mostly all of them are now in DVD.

It was in the mid 80’s when I was a fairly good playing the bass (the instrument, not the fish) when these videos started to be popular in music instruction. At that time they were fairly cheap. In these videos you can see some of your favorite players giving one-on-one lessons and watch them as many times as you need to. I have to say my playing did improve with this practice.

For this matter, fishing videos are the same; they teach you a new skill or help you improving one that you already have. Sure there are boring parts, like in the music instruction practicing music scales and modes, and on the fishing videos some of the explanations about things you already know.

I have to say that there is nothing like in person training, but this "new" modality of teaching and learning is also helpful. Consider two things: one is having someone you admire tell you his secrets and the other is the "distance learning" value based on constructivist principles, where you are required to invest more mental effort in the non-automatic processing of information.

For Fly Fishing there is a wide range of DVD’s and most of them are very informative and dynamic. One I like is "Trout Bum Diaries, Volume I: Patagonia". It might not be a "formal" instructional video but you can learn some things just by watching the expedition to the Patagonia and sharing the joy for the adventure with these guys. There are some other more "traditional" videos like the Bob Nudd’s series or "Atlantic Salmon - A Life on the Edge" which are also a great DVD’s.

Another way to learn from a video is to watch your favorite fisherman...Yourself!
Something you might want to do is this: I started taping my music gigs to show my students how practicing the boring music stuff is actually done in real life and for finding weak spots in my playing to fix. Later, I started taping myself while fishing to have some happy memories on video as well as to check out on things I do while fishing. This is a good idea if you want to have a record of your own improvement.

So maybe now you’ll want to consider getting fishing videos as your first contact with fishing if you are new to it, for your own amusement if you are an experienced fisher or just tape yourself to check improvements. Who knows? Maybe you can even start you own instructional series!


Tony the Tuna
Fly Fishing North America