There are four parts of a fishing holiday; each one is as exciting and invigorating as the other three. These include researching, planning, experiencing and remembering. The researching stage will take more than half the time; the more people involved, the more intense this stage become and the longer it takes to resolve all the want-to, must-haves and cannot-do-without especially if spouses are going along to be introduced to or to enjoy this outdoor sport in wild and wonderful places. Each stage of this fishing holiday needs to be enjoyed and savoured; no detail is so mundane that it will escape discussion and consideration. Before the fishing holiday UK or French fishing holiday arrives, every aspect of this trip will be enjoyed, visualized and passionately discussed hundreds of times; this is the power of such an adventure shared with family or friends.
Two ways to start the researching process are to start with the type of fish or the timeframe. If a certain period is required like the first week in June, the next step is to research the different areas and the types of fish active in those areas at that time. There are over 47 species of saltwater fish and over 39 species of freshwater fish; a species is biting every day of the year somewhere in the world. The next step is to discuss a budget for the whole trip including travel expenses, the fishing experience, extra accommodations if required and any other activities individuals may wish to enjoy on this Nature’s outing. Local weather conditions at the time of the proposed outdoor venture will be contemplated, review and dissected. Trying to fly fish during a week of rain and cold weather will create memories and laughs but not the overall experience most anglers are looking for.
Once the perfect location has been chosen, locating the perfect fishing camp with experienced guide is fairly easy. Many of the most popular holidays fill up quickly; the earlier a fishing excursion is chosen and booked, the more likely these outdoor pleasure seekers will get their chosen location and time. Many fly fishing holidays include all equipment including fishing rods, required flies, casting lessons and even fly tying lessons. An experienced guide can teach a novice fly fisherman to cast in just a few hours; leaving many hours of fun to enjoying the sport, perfecting the cast, setting the hook and wrestling the 3 pound brown trout or 2 1/2 pound grayling to the bank word safely captured in the net. Most of these adventures include accommodations these can be rustic and require each angler to provide his or her own sleeping bag, linens, towels and fishing equipment or they can be very luxurious with soft beds, down comforters and spa-like bathrooms with all fishing gear conveniently supplied, cleaned, oiled and ready to use. Most include some if not all meals; a brief outline will cover what is provided prior to purchasing this exciting holiday. Once this excursion has been booked, a complete list of items each angler will supply and extensive details of what is provided.
Now comes the most exciting part; this is the packing and experiencing. Whatever is being transported to this great outdoor adventure which may be a carp fishing holiday will be placed in an area and assembled from the time fishing trip is booked until it is loaded for the final time into the car or truck that will transport it and its owners to that magic place (or to the airplane). Every piece of fishing equipment going will be discussed, handled, polished, considered and reconsidered to make sure nothing is forgotten and everything works. This pile will grow to wondrous portions and will need to be thinned by carefully selecting only the very best and most useful items, including clothing. Once the decisions are made and the selected few are loaded carefully, the fun begins. Laughter, camaraderie, bets, boasting, and wild fish stories from past trips fuel the imagination and enthusiasm. While this preparation is nothing compared to the joy of finally arriving and facing the river or lake full of trophy fish waiting to be caught. To spend this time whether it is one day, three days, a week or a month with other professional anglers and perfecting technique of landing that monster fish or helping a son, daughter, spouse or novice fisherman experience this the first time creates a feeling that truly cannot be expressed in words, just by the joyful, thankful tears in the eyes.
On a quiet evening at home, during a telephone conversation with a friend, a holiday gathering at a relative’s house or a business meeting, the remembrance of these perfect fishing adventures will surface when someone says, “Say, do you remember when …” and everyone is magically transported back to one of their great outdoor ventures under the clear blue skies with clean crisp air and wonderful friends.
Each of the four parts of fishing holiday a precious part of this adventure and will be enjoyed thoroughly.