Why does even the thought of fishing produce such a powerful response in an angler? Fishing seems to make the synapses of the mind, body and soul fire on high. The mind's eye takes over as the primary source of vision. Is it because of ancient DNA or the cellular designs in our bodies that link back to our hunter/gatherer past? Is it because of the connection to adventure and our natural desire to seek? Is it the connection to all that is around us, the diversity we call "nature"? I'm not sure. I think we just instinctively know when it's time to go fishing.
Photo courtesy of Pedro Lopez-Baldrich
It is always time to go fishing even when there is little or no time to fish. For me there is an olfactory trigger: the smell of water. Different waters have different smells. I live near a large lake partially brackish as the tide has some influence still. Often on my way to work (on my bike) I recieve a whiff of the water's smell. That smell can be intoxicating on certain days. Right after heavy rains for instance. Or very early in the morning of what will be a sunny day. Smelling the lake on such occasions has often made me decide to take the day off to go fishing. I could 'smell' the fish. I have never regretted those impulses. Watersense in my book has a lot to do with using your nose. Smell it!
Intersting point Taco, I live in a coastal area and it's true that smell can have an effect. There's a clear difference between low tide and high tide scent...and both make me want to go fishing.
Smells jog my memory like nothing else, sends my brain looking for that reference immeadiately. Spider lilies on the flint river, cow patties at my friends farm bass pond in GA, a few acres of bass at MTK slurping at the surface,flies after a fish has gotten a hold of it, the moldy smell associated with always wet waders and layers...these are a few of my favorite smells.
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