Some days you are the bird, some days you are the shoulder.
That is exactly how I have felt my last few times out on the water. It’s that black and white; that different.
Maybe the inconsistency lies in my technique, or my frequency of fishing, I don’t know. I just know that sometimes I have really good days on the river and then other days are a total fucking mess from the minute I step out of the truck.
It happens to every angler out there, I don’t doubt that one bit. I just wish I could say I knew how to shake it; how to make those good days come around much more often than the bad ones. I think the only way to make that happen is to learn, study, practice and prepare yourself for all of the variables that are involved in a day of fly fishing. Inconsistency can be a bitch, but it can be defeated.
Inconsistency drives me insane. That might be a good thing though because it’s taught me to learn more, concentrate more and do more to get better at fly fishing. It’s taught me to be better at reading the water. It’s taught me to be better at casting and much more thoughtful about presentation. It’s taught me to fish slower and be prepared to change things up quickly.
To consistently have good days on the water you have to consistently prepare for good days on the water. When the variables aren’t in your favor, you have to know how to change it up to get them more to your liking. That takes years to figure out and some people never do figure it out.
I certainly don’t have it figured it out but the pursuit is what keeps me pushing forward to learn more.