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Here’s some advice from a fly fishing guru: Reach for the best you can get right now.

Growing up in southern Minnesota, John Gierach and his dad would drive north every summer to catch bigger fish. That’s when the younger Gierach realized that a “never-far-enough-north” syndrome can shut you down. “Don’t go staring off into the trees when there are fish to be caught just five minutes down the road,” says Gierach.

Gierach’s sporting advice includes:
  • Use serious bait. “If you toss a penny on the sidewalk to see what it will attract, you’ll get kids and bums. …A dollar will get you most people, but a $20 bill will stop a Lincoln Continental in heavy traffic.”

  • Find a good piece of water. Real estate people call it “location.” Pick a site close to home because you’ll be spending lots of time there.

  • Dress warmly. In other words, prepare for all weather contingencies.

  • Use a sink-tip or full sinking fly line to get deep. Translation: Leave the lightweight stuff at home.

  • Keep moving. In fishing lingo: “Don’t fool around wading and casting from shore. Get into a craft of some kind so you’ll be mobile.”
—Adapted from The View from Rat Lake, John Gierach, Simon & Schuster.

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