Being patient is often seen as one of the most important virtues to have as a fisherman. As many people know, the process of preparing, getting the lines in the water, and then waiting for hours on end for the fish can seem tedious, dull, and even torturous for some. What they don’t understand is that patience is not what defines fishing. Here are a few things we can learn from fishermen:
Being patient is just a step towards success: Patience is not the ultimate necessity when fishing, it is merely a tool to aid in the process. It means that the individuals with patience look at long-term options instead of expecting to catch their fill of fish in a mere hour or two.
They go the distance: Being patient for fishermen is like breathing. They learn to accept it and then it becomes routine. They learn to anticipate instead of being patient. They expect things to happen. They pay attention to even the smallest details because they know what to look for, and they know that the fish can come at any moment. They don’t want to miss it so they wait and remain anxiously expectant of what’s to come.
They learn and experience the world around them: Being patient is merely one facet of fishing. It’s about much more than that. It’s about the experience. The feel of the water, the view of the lake, the birds overhead, and the sun going down. It’s about embracing and being in nature. To immerse yourself in a new experience and allow the scenery around you to unfold and reveal its secrets to you.
Catching fish is not the goal. This may seem initially controversial, but, while being patient and catching fish are great things, they are not the reasons behind the fishermen’s outing. The experience is. The ability to be with friends, to be able to create fun moments with people that are motivated and seeking the same goal is encouraging, enlightening, and refreshing. Fishing can be a great way to let loose and truly treasure the little things that life has to offer.