Why do you fish?


Why do you fish? Is it the reward from outsmarting a fish in a given scenario, the places it puts you in or something else? Adding to this, what is it that makes a trip memorable?

Warning, brain muddled tangent follows…

If I think back to last season, I remember my outings where I traveled by bike, or fished new waters. In fact, I think I get most of my thrills from exploring new water, with no preconceptions as to how it will fish. Ideally these waters for me are mountainous where I also get an opportunity to ride bikes or run or stretch it out to a couple of days with an overnight…

The day above certainly lingers on my mind…

I got to a point at the end of the season where I strayed from tenkara techniques to more euro-nymphing methods. Suddenly catching a few fish wasn’t enough and a session with say, less than 20 fish felt well… average. All those sessions have blurred into one. After a bit of a hiatus with a long cycle tour trip I’m now back to (on the home waters at least) enjoying catching a handful of fish, each one with its own thrill again, regardless of size. I progressed past the lure of “productive” stretches on the home rivers and on the whole am enjoying it more!

Unfortunately exploring more water here in the UK usually has its fair associated cost, it is a strange to think purchasing a season license in Colorado can be less than a day’s ticket on some of the “Accessible” day ticket rivers in the Peak District near me. Nonetheless my goal for this season is to visit more rivers / waters. The less driving the better, driving a 6 hour round trip to fish a river seems a bit counter-intuitive when I’m going that distance to appreciate nature haha.

Getting back to the original point though, for whatever reason you fish… Where does purchasing new rods / gear fit into that? If you fish because you primarily enjoy catching fish is money spent as it in theory improves chances to catch more fish? Is it new equipment for the sake of refining your equipment so the set up is best suited to your methods / practice?

One of the main things I enjoy about Tenkara is that it seems to encourages knowledge and technique more-so than say western circles of fly fishing.


I like watching the appearance of fish reacting to kebari


Going into the mountains with the minimum necessary tools necessary and enough


It is the pleasure of my tenkara


Is more than 10 years ago it was also fun to eat,
but now
Purely enjoying hunting

Perhaps I may have chosen tenkara as a tool to go to the mountain

tenkara has been refined in order to catch a fish

As a result it is easy to catch a large number

How to use is an individual judgment of an angler

It is my pleasure to use a tool like a sharpened knife
・・・Simple and concise tool

It is fun to make more knowledge of kebari

Kill living things and eat
It is a natural desire, but it involves the appreciation for nature


The Japanese kebari also had a turning point in the 1800’s due to the influence of England made hardy trout hook

Deepen understanding and knowledge for tenkara and spread mutual pleasure


I fish because it fulfills a primal connection with the natural world and our need to hunt.

Both are more or less stripped from us at birth, unless you are fortunate to be raised by a pack of wolves…


Great description @todoroki34. The photos really help, that’s a beautiful looking environment / water.

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This is a great question. I’ll think more about it, but my initial reaction is that for me it’s about space: mental and physical. It’s time that is just for me (though I welcome sharing it). There is something meditative about it too, but that is harder to put into words.

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I hear you on the space thing, I mainly fish solo and sometimes it can be the perfect reset button. On the flip side, there are some times I really wish I was fishing with someone to share the experience, especially if it is discovering something new.


Short story; it is a fantastic way to interact with nature. The more you know about your surroundings, the more rewarded you will.
It’s somewhat complex with many variables involved, but very direct and unsentimental in its honesty (do wrong and you blank, do right and be rewarded).
And by golly, gradient streams are beautiful.