Angling Microadventures

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The term microadventures was coined by famous hiker, backpacker and explorer, Alastair Humphreys. It’s defined as an adventure that is short, simple, local, and cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. As soon as I heard the term, I knew exactly where I could apply it. Angling microadventures sounds like the perfect pairing to me!

I love the idea of angling microadventures. The reality is that I only have one or two long weekends per year to go on an epic adventure. The majority of my fishing and exploring happens much closer to home, usually within an hour or two’s drive. So how can someone take the concept of micro-adventures and apply that to fishing? The key is to start small. Angling microadventures are meant to be small challenges that are attainable, affordable and easy to organize.

Start by exploring your local rivers and lakes. I plan on exploring more of the North Saskatchewan River because it is a short drive from my house. The small trout ponds around the city are also great for a quick outing. Most have good access and are easy to walk along the shores. The evening bite is usually pretty good as well!

A microadventure should be fast and light. I typically use one rod and a small selection of tackle. I will usually focus on one or two different presentations and I will work those any way necessary. For example, when I venture out to the trout ponds, I’ll usually bring a small backpack with food, water and a few different spoons in case I lose the one I’m using. At first, this might seem like a disadvantage but slowing down and concentrating on how best to use a particular presentation has made me a better, more versatile, angler.

Take advantage of a microadventure this season! They are a great way to work the bugs out of your new setup, learning to reading water, or exploring a new lake. See you on the water!

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