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Writing About It

Guest Blog by: Alan Peak 7/24/2013
There are so many levels that one can write about fishing.  It could range from a small notebook tucked away in your boat, to a huge blog that commands millions of views.

What I would give for a journal written 80 years ago.  Not for the locations, baits or size of catch, but for the history.  I would love to see how someone recorded their trip long ago.  No sonar, gps, trolling motor?  What was their fly of choice?  Did Grandpa love a wolly bugger or a cane pole?  I am sure that the only fish that went back were too small to eat.  That would something my Grandmothers notebook would have said.  She fished for dinner during the depression in the farming canals of Minnesota.  Maybe 100 years from now it would be neat for your generations to come read about your passion.  Maybe the future generations would snicker at that dated G. Loomis. 

Forums are interesting places.  Great for bragging about your catch and adventure.  But, forums can be a funny zone of applause and or disdain.  Your ideals and the other fisherman's ethics collide with fury.  Friends for life are made and lost on a forum.  So be polite and learn to bite your lip at times.  BUT BEWARE.. You post it, it is now public.  Your friend that knows, is also friends of that guy, who is friends with the guy, you do not want to see with that fish! 

Social media is like a forum or blog, but nearly everyone is cheering for you.  You can brag, update and connect with friends for a last minute trip.  You can change your profile to be open to the public or completely private.  After you kick your account will turn into a memorial on Facebook so everyone can look at all your pictures.  Might outlast that 80 year old notebook, but I would not count on it.  Policies change.

A personal blog is neat.  You can write whatever you want.  No one can stop you!  Freedom to write about your thoughts could catch on however, and get big!  This is not for everyone.  But again, like Facebook, you can control the privacy setting so that only can your family look.  Your blog will most likely not last forever though.  If you bought a, you are going to need someone keep the registration up should you want to make it last.  This might test your computer skills though.  Some small personal blogs are some of the best.  Much of the photography is fantastic.  People horde phtographs to their own site like a chipmunk hoards nuts.

Some of the local and national blogs gain a lot of notoriety.  Some pages are a "Goto" tab on their internet for some people.  I have four large blog sites on my "Goto" tab.  But, be prepared to walk the plank.  Some people will not like you.  Not like you a lot.  But, in return you can write fairly freely, help people catch fish, share your thoughts, reflections and maybe even advertise.  The paying fishing blog though is out there somewhere, but more of a leprechaun running around the digital highway. There are a interesting few people that like to do this.  Most of them are slightly crazy in one way or another and are the people you want to sit next to at the bar next to the fishing convention.  I would kill to sit next to Lloyd Tackitt and shoot the breeze.

You could also use My Trip Journal here on FishExplorer, you could make a digital never ending word file on your computer, or an Excell spreadsheet with long term mathematical graphs, if you have a really sweet baritone voice you could even do a podcast (I have subscribed and waiting)! 

One thing is certain.  The further you go away from a personal journal of you fishing escapades the more you will become a bit of a slave to it and not the fishing.  Some people love, some hate.
What is right for you?  Really just look at the end result.  You will find it.
Alan Peak is addicted to fishing. By day he is a fly fishing guide and by night he dreams of his next day on the water. You can find him guiding and fishing primarily on the South Platte nearly every day of the week. If Alan is not with his family he is guiding, fishing or tying flies. If you see Alan on the water, say hello! Normally, he ties a half dozen flies of the day for each day for people he meets on the river.
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Member comments
Catman1979, CO   7/25/2013 1:25:12 AM
A fishing log, photo documentation of catches (big or small), and maps with plots that match the fishing log, are all I have. Updates on FX are at the top of the list, so folks have something to work with prior to outings. Filming has become a way to re-watch action, and my thought patterns on the water. Getting to caught up in details like that will overcome your original goal, just gotta make sure you fish MORE then all of that, and then some. And above all else, stay off the computer when you can, utilize that time for fishing.
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO   7/25/2013 1:50:48 AM
Could not agree more Catman!!!
Coyute, CO   7/25/2013 10:30:42 AM
I write so 10 years from now I can go back and read what I wrote and say, 'what a moron!' :)
JKaboom, CO   7/25/2013 12:49:06 PM
Some great food for thought thanks!!!!
alanlf5280, CO   7/25/2013 1:22:25 PM
I started simple by just writing a few notes in a note book. Found that what I was logging was just how many I caught or didn't catch. A bragging log essentially. In 2009, I started a spread sheet logging time of day, water color and what I caught fish with. In 2010, when I realized that the info from 2009 actually helped me fish better in 2010, I expanded that spread sheet. Early that year I lost my computer to a virus and had to start over, but now I have fairly expansive spread sheet that I log EVERY trip into. I can usually update it in under 5 minutes with all the info I need. That's about as long as I am willing to put my limited time into writing.
beverley00, CO   7/26/2013 8:45:01 AM
As I struggle with all the fish gear and try to fish, how I wish my beloved hubby had written things down about his fishing before he died, keep writing guys! (and put it where your wife and kids can find it, just in case!)
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO   7/26/2013 10:49:02 PM
Beverley00, I am sorry to hear that. I really want my grandchildren to see what I was up to many many many years ago.
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   7/27/2013 5:57:09 PM
Hey Alan - I'll buy the first drink! Just let me know when you're in the area. Oh, and no killing necessary, turns out that's illegal - if you can imagine, and in Texas at that. One thing to remember about writing here is that it gets picked up by the internet in general, and never goes away. So what you write here, does'nt stay here :-)
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO   7/27/2013 7:30:23 PM
Lloyd, sounds great. I agree with that about the internet. Even forum posts can be picked off Google so easily with this website as the SEO or search engine optimization is so high. I am not so sure about digital lasting forever though. I think that a notebook in the end would last longer if it is kept in a special place.
nodak kid, CO   9/30/2013 8:03:57 PM
I have an old garmin GPS unit. Almost 15 years old now. Outdated and filled with ice fishing holes and special areas to me. Fishing and hunting honey holes alike. That info is priceless to myself. Hours of work to obtain. Once you find a natural congregation point of what you pursue one has to continue to try it. Like an obsession. I should of went there instead, any time one has a slow day kind of thing. I actually track my reports on my calendar. Catch, bait, weather, quantity, lake temps and levels. It
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