Fishing is widely considered to be one of the most relaxing and contemplative sports out there. When it’s just you, your rod and reel, and the water, it can give you a lot of time to think. While Killgore Adventures amplifies the experience with its riverboat fishing adventures, there are still some quiet lessons to be learned from riverboat fishing. The river serves as one of nature’s greatest classrooms, offering us insights into ourselves and our place in the world. While everyone takes something unique away from their time on our Adventure Fishing trips, we’ve found that there are a few universal lessons that everyone who goes fishing can relate to.
ENJOY THE QUIET
While everyone loves to share the story of their big catch, every angler can relate to the sense of quiet and peace they find while fishing. The gentle whir the reel makes with your first cast, the gurgle of the river next to you, and the hum of animal life all around you. It’s in these moments that you quiet yourself too, letting your body and mind relax and focus on enjoying this singular moment completely. When you’ve found this quiet on the river, you’ll be able to identify the important things both in the water and in your life.
A natural extension of inner quiet is patience. When you’re focused on the quiet and the river, you become more patient with your fishing. Putting together your rod and reel is a careful practice, and you take great care to tie on the right fly. Every movement in that first cast is measured and thought-out. And of course, the greatest test of patience is with the fish themselves. Both you and the fish are living life in your best way, and that doesn’t always mean that your lives will intersect at the end of your line. When you practice patience while fishing on the river, you are granted a sense of calm that you can bring with you when you pack up and go home.
LEARNING TO FAIL WITH GRACE
Of course, sometimes all the patience in the world doesn’t pay off, and the fish simply aren’t biting. Some might react to this with a sense of frustration and anger, that for all of their work there was no reward. But those who have learned to fail with grace recognize that there was more to the experience than simply catching a fish. They took the time to think about what they felt while fishing, as well as lessons learned out on the water. With this in mind, they can bring this focus with them the next time they go river boat fishing. Learning to fail with grace means that you can continue to try even in the face of the risk of failure.
GO RIVER BOAT FISHING IN HELLS CANYON
If you’re ready to learn these lessons and more in an amazing landscape, then it’s time to schedule an adventure fishing tour with Killgore Adventures. We’ll take you up and down the Wild River, or Salmon River sections of Hells Canyon so you can go after salmon, trout, bass, and even ancient sturgeon. Book your adventure fishing tour today!