Fishermen, as a species, are a superstitious lot.
Traditions and folklore are passed down between generations on the
banks of rivers and lakes while a fire gently crackles and Coleman
lanterns hiss their lives away. Over gentle conversations between
grandfolks and grandkids, the lore of decades is imparted in the
minds of eager young kids. Some becomes vital in later years in the
pursuit of fish while some are the even more vital scripts of superstition.
We all see superstitions for
what they are: beliefs based on irrational assumptions. Within a
sport or hobby, though, these superstitions help to link generations
that have few, if any, other connections. For many families, it is
the superstitions that are the best remembered and the last
forgotten. In any family that fishes, the superstitions of fishing
often play a central role in the connection of family members, even
if the lore is not readily remembered. Dad's favorite fishing hat,
ratty as it is, brings about nostalgia for the carefree days of a
youth spent at the family cabin. It may not be remembered immediately
that the reason the hat was favored was because that Dad was wearing
it the day he caught the biggest pike he had ever seen and had
considered it lucky forever after. In that way, superstitions also
play a role in capturing a moment, preserving it forever without the
need for camera or words.
The following are a few superstitions that have been
obtained over the years from who knows where. One of these involves
one of the most essential of fishing accouterments . . .
Without a doubt, a hat can make or break a fishing
trip. No other article of clothing has that power. For many, a
specific hat is vital for a good fishing adventure and must be handy
at all times.
Breaking in new rod
One superstition that I believe very strongly in and
that many other anglers follow as well is choosing the
"right" spot to break in a new reel or rod. If you want to
successfully fish with equipment, it must be broken in a suitable
location. If it is lightweight equipment, you must go to a place that
has been proven to harbor a good population of properly sized fish.
If it is a travel set, it must not be used in a local setting.
Nothing you can do will ruin your chances of using a
pole effectively more assuredly than improperly breaking in your rod.
Holding you mouth right
Another superstition that is widely held is the one of "holding
your mouth right." If you did not land that last big
catfish, you were not "holding your mouth right." It
doesn't matter how you were actually holding your mouth as long as
you don't hold it that way again on the next fish. This is sometimes
difficult to do as it is hard to remember from one fish to the next
what you were doing with your mouth.
Some have discovered that it seems your mouth is
always right if you have a cigar in your mouth. It doesn't have to be
lit, although the smoke will keep away skeeters well. Perhaps a
sucker would work just as well,
Specific pieces of equipment
Several anglers have superstitions regarding specific
pieces of equipment. If a favorite lure is somehow misplaced, the
entire trip may be for naught even if your partner has the exact same
lure in his box. Most every fisherman I know has a favored rod or
reel that will assuredly catch fish when all others fail. Some
boaters must fish off a specific side of the boat. Others must fish
from the front or back ends. Some folks may not fish a certain spot
that is fine for everyone else.
The list is endless . . .
From The Book Of Old Wives Tales
It's true superstitions have no basis in reality. They
are merely creations of our minds. But they are powerful creations
that affect our actions and the resultant outcomes. To laugh in the
face of fate is to risk losing a boatload of fish or even the boat
itself. Besides, some of them are fun.
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