TheTight Line Vol 8 Part 2 - page 18-19

Hit the Road
The concept of a road trip is etched
pretty deep in film and literature,
especially that of the late 20th century.
The idea that travelling away from
your everyday surroundings and
experiences can help to make a better,
more enlightened or maybe just a more
interesting person, is central in most
of these stories. The road trip is a time
honoured tradition amongst anglers too.
Grab some camping gear, hook up the
boat or throw the kayak on the roof and
get out of town. It maybe a little too much
to ask that we come back a better person
(though the rest can do wonders for your
state of mind), however, I would happily
settle for coming back a better angler.
A good fishing road trip for me involves
a few things: awesome locations with
great scenery is a start, being far enough
away from my usual fishing that it gets
out of my comfort zone is another (and
the bit that helps me become a better
angler), camping is not a necessity but it
definitely adds to the trip, likewise good
company is fantastic but I’ve done some
great solo trips as well. Going solo has
its own challenges, as far as logistics
and personal safety is concerned, but it
certainly gives you more time to think or
read if you wish to exercise your mind
as well as fishing skill. I’m sure most
literary enthusiasts would at this point
recommend Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’
(mental note to read itmyself, too), but one
of my favourites would surely be the 1974
classic ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig.
There are a few things I don’t like on
a road trip. Mobile phone service is
one, at least not where I’m fishing. As a
tackle shop owner, there is always the
feeling that I should be providing real
time updates to Facebook or Instagram;
keeping the flow of information up to the
hungry beast that is social media. At the
best of times, I’m pretty poor at doing
this, so at least if there is no mobile
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