Women and Fishing -- Not Just A Man's Sport

Written by E. A. Edwards

More and more women are learning to enjoy fishing each and every day. And, why not? Fishing is a sport that doesn’t require exceptional strength, stamina or height – quiterepparttar contrary, fishing is a sport of agility, finesse and patience, skills many women already possess. So why don’t more women fish?

Successful fishing requires knowledge of various types of fishing gear, tackle, and an understanding ofrepparttar 150411 quarry. Fish have a variety of feeding habits, behavioral patterns, etc. and these characteristics influence how to go about fishing for them.

Traditionally, men learned how to fish when they were boys from fathers and grandfathers. Even if this training was lacking, it’s no big deal for a guy to hang out with other guys who enjoy fishing and learnrepparttar 150412 ropes from them.

For a woman, though,repparttar 150413 process is apt to be somewhat more difficult. In my family of all girls, we learnedrepparttar 150414 thrill of fishing as children from our father. Fortunately for us, our dad was an “equal-opportunity” fisherman...and he was a very patient man.

We learned to bait our own hooks, remove fish fromrepparttar 150415 line, and cleanrepparttar 150416 fish as well. We were rewarded with many an enjoyable Sunday onrepparttar 150417 lake competing for top family fishing honors of who caughtrepparttar 150418 most andrepparttar 150419 biggest fish.

For women who weren’t brought up fishing as I was, all is certainly not lost. Although learning from a boyfriend or spouse is not out ofrepparttar 150420 question, a significant other may not berepparttar 150421 best place to get your first fishing pointers.

Your honey may not haverepparttar 150422 patience that you will need to learn proper fishing technique and he may be a bit condescending as well…not exactly conducive to an enjoyable learning experience.

Try instead local women’s fishing clubs. Check online for groups in your area that are specifically organized by and for women. Many groups are primarily centered on fly-fishing but not all are.

Also see if your community college or local university offers any fishing courses. Often fishing classes are offered inrepparttar 150423 adult education, physical education or recreation departments.

Taste For Adventure? Try Traveling By Motorcycle.

Written by Fred Ost

One ofrepparttar best ways to truly seerepparttar 150372 United States is fromrepparttar 150373 saddle of a motorcycle. I have ridden through many states with trips over six thousand miles in length including two solo trips from New Jersey torepparttar 150374 Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, and to Pike's Peak in Colorado. I have found some tips and techniques that have worked well for me and I'd like to share them with you.

There are basically two ways to travel by motorcycle, probably one ofrepparttar 150375 more popular but less spiritual is what some call "credit card camping" which is basically rolling from hotel to motel for your sleeping accommodations and buying all your meals onrepparttar 150376 road. I look forward to trying this method someday when my writing starts raking inrepparttar 150377 big bucks. Aboutrepparttar 150378 only supplies you'd need for a trip like this (if your definition of comfort is not too demanding)would be:

  • Rain Gear
  • Camera/Film/Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Change of Clothes
  • Sun block (for those of us not clad in our riding jump suits)
  • Sunglasses
  • Map

Personally I look forward to trying a trip in this fashion with only my jeans, T-shirt, and boots. I've been wet before and most motels and hotels have some kind of laundry area and plenty of towels to wrap up in. I might bring an extra pair of sock in a zip lock bag though, dry feet are happy feet.

The other way to travel and personally my favorite is to camp out between destinations, this isrepparttar 150379 cheapest and most immersing way to travel. Like they say it'srepparttar 150380 journey notrepparttar 150381 destination. Allrepparttar 150382 equipment you would need can be found at your local or online backpacking equipment supplier. In addition torepparttar 150383 above listed equipment, here is a list of what I usually bring for a typical solo long distance, or overnight trip:

  • One person backpacking tent
  • Ground pad for sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Single burner multi-fuel backpacking stove
  • Fuel bottle with extra fuel (can also be used for bike)
  • Cooking kit (stove usually fits inside pot with lid)
  • Cup for tea or coffee
  • One meal for each days dinner and one energy or protein meal replacement bar for breakfast (grab lunch onrepparttar 150384 road)
  • Two water bottles one with measuring increments on it for cooking.
  • Candle lantern with one candle for each day ofrepparttar 150385 trip
  • Small LED headlamp for walking aroundrepparttar 150386 site and digging through saddle bags

I chose backpacking/mountaineering equipment for two reasons, A: I already owned a bunch of it since that's my other favorite way to find inner peace, and B: backpacking/mountaineering equipment packs down small withstands tremendous abuse and is usually multi-use equipment ex: pot is used for bowl etc. Using a multi-fuel stove has several advantages, you will never be unable to prepare a hot meal because these stoves will burn just about any liquid fuel like gas, kersosene, jet fuel, and even dry cleaning fluid (if you can find that I don't think your far from fast food:) If you run your stove on regular gas or stove fuel you are in luck because your extra fuel bottle can also be used to feed your bike in case your in a jam. E don't mean enough my fellow travelers.

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