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Fishing is all about catching fish and it may also include taking other aquatic animals like gathering molluscs, (such as clams and scallops) cephalopods (octopus and squid), crustaceans (lobster and crab), and echinoderms (eg starfish). It does NOT apply to catching higher aquatic animals and mammals, such as whales or dolphins. Normally, fish are caught from the wild, whether on a river or stream or the ocean, however, there are some businesses that keep a lake stocked with fish where casual fishers can come for a day’s sport and relaxation. This also has the benefit of almost a 100% guarantee of success!

There are many techniques for catching fish. These can include angling, which is what most people think of when they talk about fishing but also netting (which can be illegal) hand gathering, spearing, or trapping. Some of these may be useful techniques for those who want to practise survival tactics,

Angling is the most likely technique used by those who fish for sport or leisure, and a popular angling method is Fly Fishing where an artificial “fly” resembling a downed fly or other food organism, or a lure that tempts the fish to strike (try to catch the fly) is cast into the water using a fly rod and weighted line. This requires a fair amount of practise for success. Fly fishermen often use hand tied flies that take practice to make and making them can be considered an art. Fly fishing is perhaps one of the oldest forms of fishing, with evidence showing it was used as a form of recreational fishing in the Roman Empire as early as the second century!

Fly fishing is fun and relaxing whether done in fresh or salt water. In the USA, fresh water fishing can be done for cold water species, such as salmon or trout and also for warm water species, like Bass. In temperate climates, like the UK, where there are much smaller variations in water temperature, fishing is done either for game fishing (trout and salmon again) or coarse fishing (such as Perch).

While you may have paddled in bare feet in tiny streams, looking for small fish to tickle as a child (Miller’s Thumb or Bombos were the ones I got), these days there are many pieces of gear available to make your next (or your first) fishing venture a comfortable and enjoyable experience. You can get rods and reels and fly lines to replace small fingers and waders and boots to keep those feet warm, along with jackets, fly packs and other tools and accessories.

Fishing is a great way to relax. You can sit on a river bank, or by the sea shore, or even fish from a small boat or a canal boat along an old waterway as you float gently along, waiting for a bite. Even if it rains, you can sit in a tent or under a large umbrella on a stool or under an awning on a boat. Whether on land or water, no two days are ever the same.

Planning Your Trip

photo-1469208886418-947b950c50bbWhere Will You Be?

You don’t have to be a scout to be prepared, if you plan to go camping. One of the first rules is to be sure to tell somebody where you will be. If there isn’t an exact location to give, then give a general idea of major roads nearby or even GPS coordinates if you know them and give a timeframe of when you plan to return. It is essential for your safety to make sure to let someone know you are going. Give a relative, a friend or neighbor the name of the campsite, if you are using one. If you are headed out on a less structured trip, give your contact a general idea of where you are headed and a timeline for your return. If something goes wrong, there will be someone to know where to look for you. If you will be camping somewhere that is very far away from civilization, then make sure you have told several people where you will be as well as how long you are intending to stay. Ask them to call you on the day you are supposed to return to ensure your safety.

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If you are new to camping, then don’t just start out alone, simply carting along a rucksack with a few sandwiches and a bottle of soda in it, especially if you want to go rough camping or into the backwoods. It can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, so it is important to bring along an experienced friend to help you learn the ropes, or else go with an organised group for your first few times..

photo-1455496231601-e6195da1f841Try It OUT BEFORE GOING

Before you leave on your trip, use your backyard to help you work out the kinks in your camping equipment. Put up your tent to make sure you know (or remember!) how to put it up. This will also allow you to see if anything needs to be patched up. It will make it that much easier for you when you get to the campsite. And if you have new gear, figure it out BEFORE you get out there in the wild blue yonder. The practice does really help. No one wants to get to the campground, only to find out that they don’t know how to use something or set up their own tent. Practice with your new gear before you ever set foot on the campground.

Make A List

Make a list of things you need to take with you before you go camping. You may think you are great at packing, but little else is worse than being out in the middle of the woods and realizing you forgot your allergy medication. Sit down and create a comprehensive list of everything you might need during the week before your camping trip.  Try to start getting things together several days before you leave so you have plenty of time.

Check your gear ahead of time. If your canteen is beginning to smell musty, you can give it a good cleaning with baking soda. Place a little bit of water in your canteen, and then add three tablespoons of baking soda. Shake gently, let it sit for sixty minutes, and then rinse with water. Your canteen will be refreshingly clean!

When you are planning a camping adventure, make sure you pack the photo-1478071735433-5d8f19ad0fcaappropriate clothing for your trip. Check the weather forecast and bring the clothing that will be needed on your trip. If it is going to be cold, make sure you have the appropriate coats, gloves, and shoes. Remember to also pack a rain poncho no matter what the weather forecast predicts.


If you’re new to camping, you’re going to want to arrive early to the campground. The reason for this is you will be new to the campground site and rules, and this will slow you down. You don’t want to be stuck setting up camp after dark, so just arrive a little earlier than you usually would.

A little planning saves a heap of trouble later.

Survival Knives – A Useful Tool

knife1When camping, a survival knife is essential. It can serve many important purposes. Depending on the type of knife you get, you can use it to cut wood or slice through rope or even to clear brush out of your way.

There are a lot of different kinds of survival knives and the best way to select the right one for you will depend on the purpose you intend to use the knife for. There are three main types of knife to consider: the fixed blade knife, the folding blade knife (which is often referred to as a pocket knife), and the multi-tool survival knife. Each knife has many benefits that make it a great knife to own.knife2

The fixed blade knife is usually sturdier than the folding blade or the multi-tool knife but may not be as easy to carry and conceal as the other types. Most have a sheath that attaches to a belt to make it easier to carry.

The folding blade knife is concealed within the handle. While it’s easier to carry and conceal, it can’t be used for the same purposes as a fixed blade knife, as it has a shorter blade, and won’t be as strong as a fixed blade knife If the spring mechanism fails to open, you could end up without a blade.

The multi-tool survival knife is a favorite among wild campers. This knife features other attachments that make it easy to use in a variety of circumstances. Tools that you might find on this knife include: scissors, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire-stripper, and a can opener. Some companies manufacture multi-tool knives that are geared toward a specific activity like hunting. The blade of your knife can be made with a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and carbon steel. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Ceramic blades are tough, but also fragile. They make good knives for basic tasks like cleaning a fish but they will break easily if dropped against a rock or other hard surface. For this reason, it’s suggested that you use your ceramic knife as a backup to a heavy duty knife made of steel.

Remember, in some jurisdictions, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon!

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