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Keeping Occupied While Fishing
Fishing might seem really slow-paced, but it can actually be very tense and exciting when you’re doing the fishing. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that a lot of fishing is about sitting around. This can be incredibly restful and relaxing, but there are also times when you want something else to do to pass the time. Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to make your outdoor adventures even more fun and fulfilling while you wait for those all-important fish to bite.
Read a book
This is one of the most popular things that people do while waiting for a tug on their line. Pack your book or favorite magazines alongside your Casting Rod and get ready to relax and escape from the real world for an hour or two.
Get some work done
If you’re one of those people who feels like life is always too busy for you to have time to fish, why don’t you combine your hobby with work? This is the perfect way to alleviate fishing guilt, and your family can't complain too much about you going off to ‘work’ - again!
Working from home has never been more popular - there are a few things we can thank Covid for - and no one says that this means you actually need to be in your home to get the job done. Wouldn’t it feel so much better writing that dull report with the sun on your back and a big fish on the end of your line?
If you can’t be bothered or don’t have the equipment to do full-on work tasks as you fish, you could simply use the time to jot down ideas or make to-do lists for when you’re back in your job. The peace and quiet offered by a great fishing location can really aid inspiration and could help you to come up with ideas and solutions that you would never have come up with during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Best of all, you can achieve all of this while indulging in one of your favorite hobbies with no side serving of guilt at all.
Do a project
If you can’t do your work by the river or you simply don’t want to, you could take up a hobby or complete a project that you have thought about but never got around to completing. This could be anything you like, from drawing your own comic book or painting something to fill that gap on your sitting room wall to learning a new language or another skill such as coding or graphic design.
This period of independence and freedom can really make a huge difference when it comes to accomplishing your dreams and achieving your goals. Again, multi-tasking makes everything feel so much more productive and enjoyable. What’s not to like about learning new things or planning new life adventures, all at the same time as catching dinner for your friends or family?
If you’re not yet ready to paint a masterpiece to show off at home, you could start out by simply sketching what you see as you fish. This is a great way to keep yourself occupied as you fish while allowing you to learn new skills and, perhaps, refine your artistic talents until you are ready to create something that you would be proud to hang on your wall.
If drawing or painting isn’t for you, how about using your artistic side in other ways? You could try whittling wood, for example, or perhaps you like the idea of writing poetry or even making a start at writing your first novel.
One of the great things about fishing is that it can give you a break from reality and time to try things that you may never have thought were possible. It can be about much more than simply picking the right floating Fly Line and heading off to your favorite spot. It can be about adopting a lifestyle where work/life balance is a priority, as is taking steps to realize your hopes and dreams.
Fishing with friends can be one of life’s great pleasures. It can offer the perfect time to catch up and chat, as well as instigating some good-humored rivalry and healthy competition. If the conversation dries up, you could even play a board or word game. If you can’t arrange an in-person trip, use the time to give friends and family a call or send that long-awaited email.