There are no bad days on the water, only differing ones.
Some days, I spend hours on the local stream and never catch a fish, and I’m okay with that.
While the idea of fishing is to catch fish, I prefer to look at fishing from a different perspective. It’s about getting outside, enjoying the absolutely awesome natural resources that are around me and getting away from everything that keeps life an absolute mess.
As much I love to catch fish, catching is often just another reward that comes from the experience of fishing. Fly fishing can be about many different things to many different people, but I think we all have the same common core beliefs about it.
The solitude of fly fishing is something that I have greatly learned to appreciate.
No matter how insanely caught up I get in the “sport” of fly fishing, fly tying and gear, those are all just things to help pass the time until the next trip to the stream can happen. Because once I’m on the water the gear really makes no difference to me. I don’t particularly care what fly I’m slinging. I’m not too concerned about the technical aspects of it all.
Being able to get out and enjoy the craft of fly fishing is pretty awesome. I’ve tried to spend much more time enjoying the act and much less time worrying about the tools. I love the tools; but the tools don’t really matter at the end of the day. What does matter is that I was able to get out, enjoy myself, relieve some stress and have fun.
That is the true enjoyment that I get out of fly fishing.