This picture is a good example of how the basic squirrel fishing model works. It's best to find a fairly open space with enough room to walk around a bit. We stayed away from a group of ne'er do-well hippie hooligans who were playing games, as they were likely to inadvertently interfere with our fishing agenda. Keep in mind that squirrels often live in public places, so it might take time to find a secluded area. Trust me, though: it's worth it in the long run. It doesn't matter if people are somewhat close (see the man in the picture). Once they see what you're doing, they tend to keep their distance.

There are two ways to go about casting a line. Evan opted to use his line sans rod, using a key to weigh the end down. This method was what I initially tried, but on my first cast, I wasn't holding on to the string tightly enough. A squirrel grabbed the bait and began to run away. I chased the squirrel in an effort to regain my equipment, but he was too quick for me. I wound up falling on my arse and slipping in the grass. Chattering, the squirrel ran up a tree and defiantly nibbled on the nut. After a considerable amount of work, I was able to reclaim my fishing gear, but I decided to create a makeshift fishing rod.

Just be sure to select a sturdy twig and tie the line tightly around the end. I wouldn't suggest using an actual fishing rod and reel, as that could cause problems with ornery park rangers who do not appreciate the fine art of squirrel fishing. Plus, a shorter pole allows greater contact with your friends the squirrels, and isn't that what we're all looking for?

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