Anglers Logbook

Author: Gil d'Oliveira AKA treblig

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Why Use A logbook 
   
In the early 80's I wanted to learn how to fish the Vedder / Chillawack River for steelhead. There were no computers, GPS, or Wireless phones. The fishermen who wanted to learn new locations to fish were basically on their own. There were a few books out that informed you general locations but nothing in detail. The only option was to keep detailed information on each outing yourself.
By keeping records you are able to create a seasonal reference on locations good or bad. Details of weather condition, including the lunar calendar (moon) , tackle used, what was caught, peaks of success during the outing, tides, depth, speed of your presentation or boat and a reference section for you to tell the story of the day. Especially important - what created your success or failures that day? I have a habit of drawing little maps or cutting out from publications maps of the areas on the lakes, streams and rivers that I covered. What were the dangers for the waders, what areas were private or unreachable on foot?
    
    
With regards to rivers and streams - water flow or the water level of streams have a major effect of were the fish will travel and hold. Reference on each fishing hole in various conditions will alter how you fish and what terminal tackle to use.
Because you are on a learning curve, you need to discover when the salmon spawning runs, steelhead runs, staging areas, beaches, and traveling routes in the ocean occur. Another detail is (whether true or false) when your fellow fishermen are bragging about their success - record notes to explore those areas. Add all of the details they are offering of their success.
My friend Si Huynhn - www.sihuynh.com created these pages for me.
Your logbook should be calendar detail. I prefer a loose leaf binder as the seasons go by you can combine years of collected data with ease. There is an old saying that says, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat the failures of the past.” With detail information to refer to, your success rate will improve immensely.
When I started to fish the beaches on the East Coast of Vancouver Island there was nothing I could refer to. Then one day I mentioned it to an old timer who's eyes lit up when talking about his success long ago on the beaches. He also reinforced the idea of a logbook but added the importance to utilize a road map and detail in highlighting the areas you covered with success vs. failure. With hundreds of beaches, it can save a lot of time when you're scouting. Early in the season I am often exploring minimum 5 to 10 beaches an outing to discover were the fish are.
   
My logbook today is 2 1/2 inches thick with wonderful  information from the past. Today's evolution of electronic data has made me lazy. I rarely enter anything in my book unless it’s something new and amazing. With computers, iPads, cell phones, tablets all of the information is at your fingertips.
        
    
There are forums you can easily research stories and reports going back four to five years with the click of a mouse. It is often found that reports are in general form and exact details are not available. It is amazing what has developed! There are three dimensional depth sounders that can display temperature, water movement, and tides. There is Radars and GPS for tracking your past locations. You are able to mark where your success is and return to the exact location or path in the future.
 
When you are new to the sport its imperative to created an additional reference as a fishing log book.
It will complete you as a consistent successful fisherman.