If you ask non-fishing ladies what comes to their mind when speaking of fishing trips, the most usual answer you will get would mention a long absence of the husband at home, his getaways with friends and finally his doubtful shape once back at home. That stereotypical patch stuck to our fathers and grandfathers – does it have solid grounds though? I think that this question is to be answered by each angler according to his own conscious. I am more than certain that most angling lovers will agree with me saying that it is not all about the fun or just simply getting out of home. To find out how important angling is for any angler, our lovely ladies would have to take a trip to the fishery themselves to experience the unique atmosphere that is so addictive and that never lets you forget about fishing! In this article I would only like to highlight the fact that angling is not really a male-only sport and to showcase that it can be just as addictive to woman that never angled before.
My fishing adventure began when I was still a kid. Since then I passed through multiple stages and variety of angling techniques. Starting with a float in pond nearby my family home, I remember until now beautiful golden crucians hauled from these waters. After that the time has come for a spinning and pikes, perches and finally a Method Feeder.
Then, at some point of my life she showed up – my wife (I didn’t know that she will become one back then of course). Until that moment my juvenile years were divided between education, angling and potentially weekend fun. Since then I had to find some time for dating;). I thought that for a very first date I will take her with me to my favorite lake to show what I love to do in my spare time. It came out great! She loved that sort of activities at the first sight. Initially each of us had our own way of spending time by the lake. I was angling while my date was reading books, doing crosswords – using the beautiful weather in general manner. Even though we were doing different things, we were still together – talking, getting to know each other, bonding. Whenever holiday time started we were rather choosing to go fishing and exchanging the hotel rooms for a tent.
Finally she started seeing something more in angling. Even though at the very beginning her attempts were rather clumsy, she was rather lucky. Further on she started paying more and more attention to me fishing and tried to replicate my technique. She finally became my true companion. Is she a genuine female-angler? I really think so! She has to learn a lot yet she knows much. Her duties won’t always allow her to participate and join me during my angling trips, yet whenever we are fishing together she doesn’t only catch the fish, but also she supports me on a way to success. We became a team.
Even though there are more and more female anglers, a woman with a rod still raises many eyebrows -we tend to experience that a lot since a very beginning. Frequently my wife is the only female at the fishery yet each time that seems to create positive reactions among other anglers. It clearly shows that women with rods are perceived incredibly well. Therefore we should not treat angling stereotypically as a masculine discipline, closed for ladies. I do know through my own experience that women can be extremely good at angling and have a great awareness of the fishery conditions. Angling in such a company can teach us a lot. Going even further – angling with a wife, daughter, girlfriend, mom or sister can grant us a chance to go through our victories and defeats together with a significant other. Along with my wife, we have a lot of great fishing memories that we like to re-live together. Coffees drank by a lake and at dawn turned out to be the best ones in the entire world for both of us. Personally I am extremely pleased that the moments that are unique for me, are just as great for my OTHER HALF by my side.
Our history shows that you should not be afraid to transfer your private life to a fishery. One can beautifully merge with the other. Angling with friends and family can pull many positive aspects that will improve our relations. Fishing with the kids doesn’t only allow us to spend time together, but also is a great way to create beautiful memories that they will carry further through their life. My daughter is only one year old and I already started giving her some fishing equipment to play with (only the safe items of course), to make sure that she knows the angling education will come in her very early years.
Everything I mentioned shows the incredible social impact of the angling. Pretty much anyone can become an angler – no matter the age, sex, political or religious beliefs. Once by the lake we are all equal and that is truly beautiful…
Mikado Fishing Team