Monday, September 19, 2011

Mattsabasser Driving to Fish-Tips: “Give a wave instead of the finger”

Reaching some of the best fishing areas often requires a bit of driving. The journey to and from the fishing hole can be quite perilous. There may be a lot of fishing tips out there but few that offer advice intended to minimize trouble while traveling from Point A to Point B. I shall make an attempt to fill this void with “Driving to Fish-Tips”.

Give a wave instead of the finger

We see it all the time where someone less courteous cuts another driver off in traffic or makes an egregious offense on the road. A few angry car horns are likely exchanged with a follow up yell of “Whaddayadoin’?” The situation goes DEFCON 5 when one driver or both display the middle-finger\pluck yew hand gesture. For some reason this act ignites rage beyond comprehension and next thing you know people are trading paint or punches. While the cops sort things out ol Rusty the dog in back of the truck is thinking…

“We should be fishing right now.”

This type of thing could be avoided with a small concession of good will and a civil gesture before things escalate. Rather than flipping the bird and crashing your vehicle into the other driver, give them a friendly wave instead. This small act of forgiveness or admission will most likely diffuse the situation or at least keep things from evolving into a hostile entanglement.

A good fishing trip will always benefit from fewer problems. Hopefully these Drive to Fish Tips help anglers reach the water and return home to fish once again. Good luck and good fishing.

4 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the artwork - and good advice!

Cofisher said...

Oh, the stories I could tell. I found out the hard way, don't pull up next to the offended driver and smile when you wave. That infuriates human primates. Good job Matt!

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Sometimes a wave doesn't even help...I was followed for a mile into a parking lot by someone who I cut off accidently! Crazy stuff. Sure wish you could meet up with us next week in the RMNP...

Coloradocasters said...

@TexWisGirl: Oh thank you so much. Once upon a time I use to doodle quite a bit. I saved the original pen and ink before coloring it in so more detail could be added later. (Sigh) You continue to amaze me on many levels. Once again….thank you.

@Cofisher: This is intended to be a common sense reminder in a time when common sense seems to be in short supply. My blog should be aimed at helping anglers more…this is a feeble attempt towards that end.

@The River Damsel: Oh my goodness is that an actual invite? A Mattsabasser doesn’t get many of those to be honest and possibly with good reason. I am not too far from the RMNP and that place is a place to be right now with the fall colors and elk moving to prime time rut status.