Why don’t more women fish? Fishing is a man’s sport. Or at least it’s seen that way. Fishing is a form of hunting so the archetypal man could feed himself and the family. Why would a women want to hook worms and maggots, or go home stinking of fish having snagged a nail or two? Women like to look beautiful, they’d probably rather relax at the spa or the pub with friends. Their children, family, work and the chores at home take up so much of their time. I’m not starting a sexism debate, I’m simply being honest based on my experiences.
But frankly I think that’s bull, I suspect most women (and a lot of men) think fishing is cruel, stinky and frankly boring. That’s why they don’t fish.
The Reasons I Fish
Fishing is the most rewarding, frustrating and yet peaceful sport I’ve ever done. It’s as if I’m in my own bubble of me, my fish and I. I’ve played football, netball, ridden horses and competed them. I love being spoiled at the spa or better yet at the pub by the river with a good Rosé, the dog and friends. Only now, I wish I had my rod.
When I fish I am completely focused on what’s happening around me. I have to be self-aware, it’s the only way I can improve my casting and try different tactics. I’m not distracted by chores, the news, I’m not tempted to check Facebook every 10minutes. Any stresses I had when I arrive are left at the car. I am peacefully aware so I don’t miss a fish, trip while wading, snag my line in a tree or miss a robin as it’s expectantly waiting for a stray maggot to fall in it’s reach.
Even at its most frustrating when all I’ve done is caught trees and reeds but no fish, it’s peaceful. Why? It’s just about you, the fish you’re trying to land and the environment you’re in. I’ve never felt anything like the sense of pure human achievement as catching a wild fish in a fast flowing Welsh river. How did I hook and catch something whose natural instinct is to avoid anything that’s not natural and who’ll spit out a hook the moment they feel it?
The Pheromone Thing
So many anglers think women have the upper hand because of their pheromones. Chris my fishing buddy is adamant that’s why I beat him, even though I’ve only been fishing a year. I think it’s beginners luck, my resilience even when I’m striking out and my patience. I haven’t noticed a difference in my ability to catch based upon ‘the time of month’ or how my hormones are acting. Some men (wives tale I’m sure) keep their ladies used undies with their hooks to transfer the scent. Instead I suspect it’s as every man who’s taught me has said– women typically learn faster because they listen and they don’t use their muscles to force the rod to make a good cast. They have patience, they’re open-minded and they listen. And that’s handy if you’re competitive (grin)!
So Many men Fish
Ladies if you think fishing is a great way to meet men, it absolutely is. But you’re more likely to hook a shark out fishing than meet the man of your dreams. Not because they’re not worth it (quite the opposite) but because they are single mindedly there to fish. That said you’ll be treated with respect. Most guys enjoy a good chat and will help you out without looking at how you’re dressed or if they like you enough to ask you out.
Children Love Fishing
Children love to fish, boys and girls. They’ll happily chop up a worm or hook a maggot. Even the most impatient child will enjoy spending a few hours by the water given you’re not just sat/stood there. And they are so excited when they land their first fish, unhook it and release it. Sharing that and being able to just focus on each other and how you’re fishing, isn’t that worth trying to fish?
Maybe It’s Good So Few Women Fish
I like that fishing spots aren’t over populated. I’m glad the guys I fish with aren’t so distracted by the gorgeous lady to their left that they’ve cast over me. I like that when I fish I’m not hearing the joyous whoop of a child who’s caught yet another fish. And I like the advantage of being one of the few females who fish to use my pheromones and listening skills to try and be even better.
So maybe it is a good thing more women don’t fish.