Okay, I can’t help myself; sometimes I like to stir the pot and instigate debate, just because I can.
But this is one I actually wrestle with myself, because I’ve been on both sides of the argument many times.
The question is:
Is it cool to fish with earbuds, listening to music as you make casts?
The mere thought of which almost causes a gag reaction for me, because it’s hard to argue that there is any more beautiful music than the music of the river itself. Today, for example, I fished with my wife and niece on the Upper Colorado, and for 10 river miles we were serenaded by eagles and hawks, songbirds, hummingbirds, and yes, every now and then, the distinctive slurp or splash of a fish eating a bug off the surface. Mozart could not have written a better symphony.
Then again, I’m hypocritical, because I also remember wading a pristine bonefish flat on the west side of Long Island in the Bahamas, in complete blissful solitude, when I figured, “what the heck,” stuck in some earbuds and listened to the entire “Bona Drag” album. And before you knock it, you need to know that casting at beefy, tailing bonefish at sunrise over a Bahamian flat with Morrissey crooning in your ears can be a surprisingly pleasant and surreal experience.
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