of War Applied to Flyfishing"
by Harry P. Davis
author of Guerrilla Flyfishing
The nine Principles of War, as defined
in the Army Field Manual FM-3 Military Operations:
combat power at the decisive place and time.
Put your mind on fishing when you are on the
water. Worry and fret about problems at home or the office have no place here if you are
going to have a productive day of angling. You may as well just splash around in the water
and smack your rod against the rocks if you lose your concentration.
This hour and this place are the decisive
destination and time. All your planning, equipping and scheduling have come to naught, if
you fail to concentrate your angling power now.
2. Direct every
military operation towards a clearly defined, decisive, and attainable objective.
From the time you plan a trip to the time
you pull out of the water, drive your thoughts toward the objective of hunting, deceiving
and hooking the species you are after. Every species has habits, patterns and
personalities . . .learn them.
3. Seize, retain,
and exploit the initiative.
Spot, imitate and cast with confidence
4. Strike the
enemy at a time, at a place, or in a manner for which he is unprepared.
Sneak, hide and move slowly. Make all
efforts to keep your presence unknown to your quarry. Your approach, casts and imitations
should all be your best as to give the quarry a big surprise when he is hooked.
minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts.
Turn off your cell phone.
6. Place the
enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.
Change methods, patterns and approaches
often if your quarry is not taking what youre offering.
7. For every
objective, ensure unity of effort under one responsible commander.
Always remember, you are the angler, not
some book, manufacturer or world class pro. Go with your intelligence and your instincts .
. .this is fishing, not a Mars landing.
8. Never permit
the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage.
Remember to check you lines, flies and
hooks. Replace your lines when needed, make sure your flies are clean and realistic
looking and sharpen your hook often with your whet rock.
Dont hook yourself or fall out of
the boat! Remember, cork is a choking hazard when taking those pictures of your trophy
catch with your rod in your teeth.
9. Prepare clear,
uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders to ensure thorough understanding.
Make sure all your fishing buddies and
family know when, where and what of the trip. It fouls up great bonding moments when a
buddy shows up in a wet suit and spear gun on a canoe trip for white perch.
By Harry P. Davis © 2003
This was a chapter from a the book
"Guerrilla flyfishing" by Harry P. Davis
More info about the book can you find at http://guerrillaflyfishing.com