Somehow, somewhere, someone tried to draw a line in the sand between “traditional” outdoor sports like hunting and fishing and “active outdoors” sports like hiking, paddling and camping. Utterly ridiculous.
I’ve been a hunter and a fisherman all my life. Many of the longest, most enjoyable hikes or paddling excursions I’ve ever taken have been while fishing. I began biking seriously, in large part, to reach more distant trout streams before I could drive. I imagine many of you are the same.
Now, fishing can get pretty sedentary. Sitting in a lawn chair beside a pond and watching a bobber float on the surface, or sitting in a motor boat and trolling, or even casting for fish is, well, sitting. But is hiking to a backcountry pond or walking and wading several miles of river any less active than the same hike if you weren’t fishing? I don’t think so.