I swear I tie better knots with my tippet around the limbs of a willow tree than on the eye of my hooks……Its like some mystical force of nature that cannot be explained…. Stupid bush…..
snags, leaky waders, weather, broken rods, I think every fisherman has had their share of rough days. I certainly have mine. I recall snapping a fly rod over my leg in my younger years because I couldn’t handle myself. (F bombs galore). I understand that not everyday can be fed with fish, but I have been working on the mantra of No Bad Days. Some are easier than others, but finding my learning curve out of failing has actually taught me some valuable lessons on the water.
It isn’t easy. On a recent South Fork float Tim and I were Starting out the normal morning… Tim rowing… Max fishing…. Great right? Not even close. I could not get my shit together. Getting rigged up didn’t feel right… snagged up the fly within a few casts… new fly…. first cast into a tree….. Then some kind heckling from Tim. I was about to implode. So in my search for inner fly fishing Chi…. I cracked a dewski out of the cooler, swapped Tim on the oars, opened my eyes to where we actually were… and my day turned around. I was able to watch Tim work his fly mojo. When I was finally up to bat again I was able to focus on one thing at a time. One knot, one cast, one fish. I still lost some fly’s. But just focusing on one thing at a time made the day fish well for me. Some times it easy to over think it when you fly fishing. There are a lot of variables you need to be concentrating on. But this obsession we share is about fun, friends, good times, and relaxing. (not getting pissed off and snapping rods;)
Failing is never fun. But learning from your failures makes you a better fisherman. One of the big draws of fly fishing to me is there is always something new to learn. There are a lot of elements to your environment, casting, fly tying, getting fish in the net… and a little luck never hurts your odds. I have actually started to enjoy the tough days on the water.. trying to figure out where the fish are(besides knowing there in the water), their habits, the insects, tying, the list is endless to me. It’s an ongoing process. You have to have those tough days to really become full circle with fly fishing.
Ask questions. There is no detail to small you may pick up from asking questions. Although I try to avoid certain fly shops that in my option are full of large egos and elitists. We have some local shops that are about your experience on the water, not them talking about how badass they are. When out on the water don’t be hesitant to stop and watch other fishermen out there. See what there doing, how they are doing it, and if they are getting fish. You can always learn something new, every day is a new day. Something I find addicting when searching for Trout, in our Idaho waters.
Frustrations will come to all of us at some point in our journeys. Just remember to make the most of them by figuring out your failures. Whatever fly fishing is to you, I hope you make the best of your rough days. There is still something great out there if you keep your eyes open to the picture around you. See you all soon. Thanks for coming over.