Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis
is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.
Because of an endless array of choices, coupled with a relentless onslaught of advertising, fishermen often end up buying more baits and lures than they know what to do with.
When the bite is tough and we have a 10 lb box full of gear, we can be overwhelmed to a point of analysis paralysis.
While I fully realize that nobody brings all their tackle to the river on any given day, most bring way more than they'll ever use. This is especially detrimental to the newbie trying to hook his or her first salmon or steelhead.
As you begin to plan out your fall fishing take some time to think about what you actually used last year (if your fishing somewhere you know), ponder the things that you brought but didn't use, then make a list of the items you needed but didn't have. Last point here, think about the things you ran out of and make sure you have enough this year.
This is my personal thought process that I continue to refine. Over the years I've whittled down what I bring and this alone has made it so much easier to focus on covering water and finding fish.
I make it a point to have the baits I know I'm going to use easily accessible and anything else either tucked away in a backpack or even in the car so that I keep fishing.
More could be said here but I think this gives you enough points to ponder as you plan for that next trophy.
Traveling far this fall? I do bring more than I'll ever use in these situations, just in case, BUT I don't bring it all to the river with me at one time.