Friday July 11th 2008

Thought for Today

“Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing
that it is not fish they are after.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

My wife has been after me for some time now to catch her some trout. We have a trout stream in front of our house but I occasionally feed them bugs from the garden. They are like pets, a part of the family so I do not dare catch them. There is a trout pond a short piece down the road, but these fish are fed a processed trout chow and I find the taste of these trout unpleasant.

My only recourse then is to purchase a license and head over to a neighboring stream. However, there is a problem with this idea as well. Seems when I go fishing I rarely catch anything because of all the distractions. The birds singing in the trees, the bugs and butterflies flitting about, a cascading waterfall, every where I look there is something to see. It reminds me of what my dad used to say,

“I do not take my fishing rod to catch fish,
I take my fishing rod as an excuse to explore a stream,
yearning for a glimpse of what is around the next bend.”

 

 


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