Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A bad day fishing is better than...
Monday. Made all the wrong decisions - from which major river system to fish, to what water to hang around, to what fish to target, to what flies to use.

There were carp everywhere, but they were not to be caught.

Right away I picked up one of a trio of fish feeding at the head of this log jam... kind of cool to watch. I had to drift the fly down under a branch. I didn't get to see the take due to the angle of presentation. Smallish fish that didn't run very far...

Then it was on to sunning carp hell. I put flies on fish after fish - all of which were either sunning or just holding behind current breaks. I figured with a few hours to pound on them I could get at least a few takes. They woudn't eat. In fact, they spooked on the fly repeatedly.

You can't really dislike the act of fishing. You can't really say you had a bad day if you spent it holding a fly rod. There is something lacking though if you can't achieve the connections with the fish that you've come to know pretty well. You know what you're missing.

Getting whipped is part of it.


9 Comments:

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Getting whipped is part of it, indeed.

Nice post.

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Blogger Jean-Paul Lipton said...

The humility of getting your ass whipped only makes the big fish days that much sweeter. If you killed the fish on every outing, it would soon lose its appeal. Ok, maybe not...

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