I remember while growing up in Watertown, SD, about all the things there were to do and how I wanted to try to do all of them!
I also remember that several of these things weren’t what I really should have been doing. My folks were always there to set me straight and would give me that old line, “you don’t need to do that, you could get hurt” and so on and so forth!
Well after many years of contemplating their statements and many years of wondering how they knew so much about this subject. I’ve finally concluded that they knew because when they were young, they probably tried it or had a friend that tried it and “got hurt!”
We all learn from past-experiences and as an outdoorsmen or women, we really should rely on those past-experiences to give us insight on what’s going on around us in the outdoors.
Take for instance a guide trip that I had a few years back, I had two of the toughest clients that I can ever remember taking out.
It was late October, a warm October, but none the less October and in my neck of the woods; it’s that time of the year when water is about as close to becoming ice as it gets.
Well these guys insisted that I take them out as they wanted to take advantage of the warm day, it didn’t make any difference that the water temps were in the 40’s, it was a nice day and they wanted to fish.
Well as anyone who’s ever been on the water knows that at 40 degrees, fish aren’t exactly bouncing off the wall, heck, they’re hardly moving. [Read more…]