Monday, June 30, 2008

Second Poll: Backcountry Fishing

The next poll brings up a topic that my uncle and I had the other day. We were discussing the joys of backcountry fishing and wondering why more people don't do it. While we tossed around several thoughts, one topic came up that piqued my interest: Are some people hesitant to fish in the backcountry due to lack of backcountry knowledge, skills, etc.?

I know that the walk and effort put into fishing some of the more remote areas is a big reason for some, but we seem to think that some fisherman don't partake because backcountry fishing involves a lot of work and a little uncertainty. I don't know if this encompasses any people reading this as I would label most die hard fisherman, but I think this thought has some weight when talking about the more recreational fisherman or the angler visiting from out of town for the first time.

Drop a vote and take time to leave a comment and let me know if you think this argument is plausible or not.

1 comment:

TJustinG said...

Being hesitant about fishing the backcountry is only natural, for the backcountry fisherman is leaving the comforts of civilization behind to spend anywhere from a few hours to a few days in the wilderness. Dangers in the form of insects, snakes, bears, lightning, flash floods, rugged terrain, and, is certain months, sudden cold temperatures can spoil a backcountry trip. Using common sense will reduces one's chances of falling victim to the backcountry's perils more often than not. Folks with little backcountry experience should consult backpacking guides, survival guides, and experienced backcountry anglers for information. Follow backcountry rules and always be mindful of your surroundings. Take a friend with you to the backcountry so that you will have someone that can help or go for help if you suffer injury. Besides, it is nice to have someone around for the fellowship and to take a good picture of you holding up that nice backcountry trout that you might catch.