For those of you who are not familiar with the writings of Chris Yates, he is not only one of the best anglers around but also one of the most compelling writers that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Every word has been chosen, every phrase carefully hones for maximum impact. his writings are a joy to read and a joy to read slowly, savoring every word, every phrase every nuance to extract the complete meaning. Anyway I was reading “The Secret Carp” and I came across the following text :
Naturally any angler desires to catch a fish, but so much poppycock is written about “success” and the mindless striving for “results” that people forget about the more essential quality, enjoyment. It does not matter where you fish, what tackle you use, what bait you choose or whether you wear a tweed hat or a traffic cone; if you enjoy your fishing, if you can find interest or adventure or peace of mind then you have succeeded.
Never a truer word spoken. We often loose sight of what it means to fish that we are meant to be enjoying it, doesnt matter if you are catching or not catching you have to enjoy it.