Failure isn't always the main option. Feb 23, 2023 23:45:41 GMT -6 jonbo, slim, and 4 more like this
Post by Smallfry on Feb 23, 2023 23:45:41 GMT -6
Years, and I keep doing the thing! I've seen the shadows, the noses and on occasion I get a good look at them but all this time the brown have eluded me. At least the heart stoppers anyway, but don't get me wrong I love them all. This year has already been my year, been fish blessed and now I'm just going to enjoy catching anything (or not catching, who knows). Honestly, I was so unsure how that day would go, there wasn't a ton of action happening out there. Saw some bugs so I figured I should've seen someone popping up occasionally at least. The bugs were caddis-y and some little mayfly poofs? Well, I fished some deep water, shallow water, still water, and fast water. No one was home or at least interested in my offering. I changed again and well that seems to have done the trick. I got a little rainbow and felt a little happier. After moving around some I dropped that little fly somewhere in the river and lost track of it, suddenly I saw a flash and tried to set the hook but the line took off downstream. An absolute chunk of a brown leapt into the air. I started freaking out cuz I didn't believe what I was seeing and feeling so I focused on trying to maintain tension and followed her downstream. She leapt a couple of more times and by then I was almost convinced I wasn't dreaming. Once she had a moment to calm down I got her to me and just sat in the river trying to calm myself down. I got a good look at her and was just totally impressed with how healthy and pretty she was, then I felt bad for accidentally catching her, so I apologized. She started trying to kick off with her big paddle tail, I pointed her away from the slack water and she tore through the current. I felt a huge wave of relief as I crawled up on the bank. The night before I had an awful nightmare about a monster catfish that was trying to drag me to the bottom of the lake, so I had a very uncertain feeling most of the day. Maybe that big mean catfish was a manifestation of some other feelings. Failure, perhaps? I don't know, it was a weird dream. That shiny gold beautifully spotted girl made it all better tho!