Why we fish?
To catch fish, right? No, to catch BIG fish, right? Not necessarily. At least, that is what I’ve learned.
I’m posting this blog minutes before I walk out the door on a Patagonia fishing excursion based from Pucon, Chile. On this journey, I’ll be equipped with a Chilean cruiser bike, a map I made, directions to a gate, a six-weight fly rod, a box full of sculpzillas, and a big smile on my face.
This will represent my 3rd trip to this region and I have yet to catch many fish or large fish. Although, I have caught up on my spanglish; I have caught a ride back into town after my bike broke down; I have caught delicious roadside bread; I have caught stream chilled beer and new friends; and, I have caught some of my fondest fishing memories. I’m not saying that catching fish isn’t fun, but I am saying that —for me— I’ve come to embrace the experience. It’s this adventure that calls my name.