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    Do you keep a fishing journal?

    Off and on I've had the intention to keep a fishing journal but never actually started. That's going to change this season, I picked up one of Frank Amato's Journals like this Amazon.com: Fishing Journal: Angling Legacy (9781571882110): Frank W. Amato: Books.

    Then it made me curious if others do.

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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    in the beginning i do then as the season wears on i dont

    To look good is to fish good

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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    Yeah.. I started with one of those ...


    It was nice, but I wanted to add more information.


    Then I found this journal.. better, able to log in more data, but still not good enough for me.


    Then while my daughter was getting some art supplies I saw this...


    I could take the best of the other two.


    It enabled me to add more, to add more you have to think while out there


    You start to watch more, then put it on paper.


    When you travel to different streams, you watch, see, learn, and record.


    The basic information can be printed out and pasted, or hand written.


    You can get as detailed as you wish.


    Or as basic.



    I have always written on everything, books

    Maps I bought.

    Maps I made.

    I tried everything, and still continue to jot down, scribble, and write.

    To me it has always been the greatest thing....

    A blank page and a pen.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I keep a journal but whether I write in it is another story......

    "The two best times to go fishing is when it's rainin' and when it ain't."--Patrick McManus.

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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I like keeping one and have for the past 8 years or so.. at first it was styled like an information journal ,but I kinda got over that and just began writting in a story like fashion when something memorable happened during a days fishing. I find it more enjoyable to re-read my journal now that I write about the whole day rather than just the conditions and catch.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    Sure, I've kept a diary, For many years---

    Here's a page from the past--the year was 1970. Now, what 16 year-old kid (with bad spelling, i.e "Willowemoc(K)--Ha!)--would be recording words like Paraleptophlebia adoptiva? Must have been a weirdo--in the eyes of my friends back then.



    My weekends--taking a bus to Roscoe--alone.

    >There I was--on the West Branch of the Delaware. May 10, 1970 Ephemerella subvaria--males and females. I'll say this: there we virtually NO fly fishers in that era, on the West Branch. Zero--None---it was a very young system.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I haven't kept one for over 30 years and regret it.

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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I keep one.
    Helps plan trips for the following years.



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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    In the very beginning as a young man only fishing three weekends a month I didn't keep one and in my mind it seemed like I caught several hundred trout each year. I was pretty cocky back then. After a few years passed and I actually started recording everything it was a rude awakening at how many I really did catch!

    I've been keeping one for many, many years now and find it to be a great help in jogging my memory. It reminds me of when and where I've experienced exceptional hatches and helps me plan my trips by anticipation. The water heights and temperatures are helpful for comparisons and oftentimes help me figure out where I can wade to fish effectively. Sometimes my log reminds me of places I've neglected to fish in recent years but should revisit. Additionally, it allows me to compare my results with previous years and recall some of the phenonomal fish and fishing that seem to have faded into obscurity.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I also take a small sketch book out on the river so when I see,
    or learn something new I have it right with me.


    I keep the book and pen in a sealable plastic bag to keep everything dry.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    I've been keeping track of every fishing trip since 1964 Fresh and salt water. I enjoy checking back every know and then. I just wished I would have kept earlier records.


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    Re: Do you keep a fishing journal?

    Your a fool if you dont. When my fishing buddy passes, I am getting his log also. It will be over 40 years of fishing info. Maybe Ill sell the info.


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