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Go where the fish are Once when I was fishing, I kept getting my line caught in an overhead tree, which prompted my partner to remind me, "You're not going to catch many fish in a tree." The same goes for business or any other enterprise-you've got to go where the fish are if you hope to be successful.
Take the bait Why not just boil and eat the shrimp, rather than use it for bait? If you have to ask that question, you just don't understand.
Fly fishing Fly fishing is to pole fishing what big league baseball is to slow pitch softball, or what a gourmet dinner is to a pancakes-and-bacon breakfast. There's nothing wrong with either one, but one takes more skill and better equipment.
Work at it Fishing, like nearly anything else done well, requires more practice than theory. The best fishermen would rather fish than read about how to fish.
Not boring Fishing, like baseball, chess, or classical music, is boring only to those who don't understand it.
Lord, give me patience...
If fishing teaches any virtue especially well, it teaches patience. The fisherman can't do anything to force the fish to bite. He can only keep tossing the bait out there and wait for some action.
...and do it now!
Patience, as most fishermen know, is an overrated virtue.
Hope, faith, and fishing Fishing also teaches about hope and faith-hoping that the next time you toss out your line will be the one when the fish grabs it, and then actually believing that will happen.
Glenn Dromgoole is the author of seven books and is managing editor of McWhiney Foundation Press and State House Press, which publish books on Texas and Civil War history and are affiliated with the Texas A&M University Press consortium. He also writes a weekly column on Texas books and authors for seven daily newspapers and is founder and chairman of the West Texas Book and Author Festival in Abilene. He is the author of What Dogs Teach Us. He lives and works in Abilene, Texas.