What do Fishing and Golfing Have in Common? More Than You’d Think
Time on the river, this one seemingly meandering forever, goes fast. I caught about 8 fish on the morning run, but only two of these were mentionable in size 15′ and 18′. Just like putts, they tend to get longer as you tell the story of your round. After a quick picnic lunch, it’s back for the afternoon round. This time I nab 10 fish, but they are of the small, “beginner” variety. The day is anything but lethargic, as my fishing partner and I traverse unconquered terrain with each jaunt to a new locale. Even a walk back to the Jeep is more of a hike.
But we’re having a marvelous time. As the sun goes down we head back to the lodge for dinner and one (or two) nightcaps on the deck.
The next few days blissfully run together but are highlighted by individual bursts of memorable ventures. There was the Day 2 trek, where we tumbled down the raging Rio Grande during a howling afternoon gale. We mercifully made it to our spot and virtually kissed the ground on arrival.
The next day, we travelled to the spectacular Los Alerces National Park. We spent the day in the boats on the lake and moved down river as the day went on. There, the water is so clear that you can see the fish taunting you from the bottom. A frustrating day, but one we’ll always remember for the stunning setting.
Each day of this trip is different (something we strive for at Carr Golf Travel), and that is a testament to our fantastic guides and staff. These guys are good, and like a world-class caddie who knows every blade of grass on a course, they know all the locations to help you succeed.
On Day 4, I was paired with my good friend and host of the trip, Tommy. We headed off to a private ranch, complete with real cowboys on horseback herding cattle, and cast our lines into a small marshy river running through the property. Here our guides really became invaluable. With their keen advice, Tommy had maybe the biggest haul of the entire trip.
I finally cashed in on the final day. Finally, my skills had been fine-tuned, and a fertile lake presented the opportunity to capitalize. It was like having your best round of golf on the sixth course of a six-day trip. It was difficult to master and I would say I managed to play off high teens by the end of the week.
As with golf trips, the essential ingredients are the same. The group you are travelling with is key. The accommodations, the food, the logistics and most certainly the courses that you are playing all factor into the experience. All in all, it’s a very similar journey.