Just Thirty Minutes..
Guest Blog by: Alan Peak , Colorado 1/8/2014
So, normally with fishing I like to try to get all mathematical. Sometimes numbers don't lie. And, with people saying, "Good luck" all the time, I like to try to take "luck" out of it. I had a short discussion with Chad
this evening and it was a mathematical thinking process applied to a luck-fully perceived sport.
Now, I am going to throw a few numbers at you ladies and gents and a few links to get you started. But first the math...
357 days and counting. If you were to read or study a fishing related topic for just 30 minutes before you go to bed at night you would understand the how and why. You would take a whole bunch of luck out of the equation. So, just to be mind blowing, lets say you only study for half the days. This accounts for family time, early mornings to the water, occasional breaks so you do not become an insomniac. That adds up to 5,340 minutes or 89 hours!!!!!!! What!! So, really, lets be reasonable. There are 51 weeks left in the year. Take a 30 minute break on Wednesday morning when no one is looking at work. That turns out to be 1,530 minutes of your employers lost time.. Sweet!!!
So. Mathematically speaking... Take a little over a half of a week off at work and learn about a very particular aspect of what you are interested in. Spin, baitcast, bait, fly, lure, species, lake, drainage, you name it. I promise you if you take 30 minutes a week to read something you will be better for it in 2015.
Here are some of MY picks.... But there are bloggers and video makers for every type of fishing.Personally, this channel is something I am interested in right now. I study it nightly. I bet if you studied this guy tie, you would get better.. I have..For study breaks
There are some really really good blogs out there too!!! I peruse:The Hopper Juan is one of my personal favs. I admire his skills. One stop shop!! I like this one a lot! Blogs, gear reviews, videos and more.
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.
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO 1/8/2014 2:09:35 AM
P.S. Can anyone tell me when and where Tiger Trout where introduced into the Arkansas River Drainage here in Colorado?? The answers might surprise you!!!
Flyrodn, CO 1/8/2014 8:06:33 AM
That can be said for fishing also. How many folks only fishing during the weekends when they have time. During the summer I often fish over lunch hour, or after work. A few minutes fishing regularly goes a long way to keeping skills sharp. Same with fly tying, my bench is always set up. Don't have to make a big production, tie a few minutes a day and your boxes will be overflowing.
Coyute, CO 1/8/2014 9:03:10 AM
I like when lucks is one my side. If a guide said he relies on luck from time to time he probably wouldn't be lying but his clientele might question his fishing ability. LOL. Some of the fishing cliches we use crack me up. 1998.
alanlf5280, CO 1/8/2014 9:08:08 AM
Not sure why I never thought of that, but that is a great idea. In 2012, I did what's called a Project 365 to improve on my photography skills. Every week, I took a picture (in this particular case, it was of my daughters first year). By the time the year was up, I noticed a huge improvement in my portrait photography. I think I might try something similar to improve on various parts of my angling. Maybe one week, I try tying a new fly pattern, then the next week spend 30 minutes on researching jerk bait fishing. Great blog Alan!
opencage, CO 1/8/2014 2:47:37 PM
Reading more fishing and related books is one of my resolutions. Luckily I let some family know and I got enough from the holidays to last a couple months. Thanks for the links too Alan. Good stuff all around.
kottob, CO 1/8/2014 4:34:04 PM
I wanna know the answer
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO 1/8/2014 5:37:09 PM
Kottob, it will only take you 30 min to find!! I'll give you a hint, they were stocked in the Upper Ark, but not by Parks and Wildlife.
kottob, CO 1/8/2014 8:49:33 PM
Upper Arkansas, 1993?
I read that they are an artificial hybrid but have been known to occur naturally in Montana because both the female brown and male brook trout were stocked in the same river. Everything I've read, including from this site says they don't produce naturally.
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO 1/8/2014 10:33:59 PM