Re: How do you measure success?
I think the pictures tell whether the trip was successful or not but it looks like a great trip to me! Sometimes the fish are begging to be caught and sometimes you need a PhD to even get one to hit. Cabela's I think had an ad that said "When was the last time you caught so many fish your arms hurt?" My answer is simple...never! Success is in the eyes of the angler. To me, each experience on the river is a success in its own way. New experiences (..rising water!)friends and memories made. Sometimes you even catch a fish or two! I am not a large fish master or my fishing is not quantity controlled. Nor am I a large antler collector when I hunt but over the years I have learned that if you go to enjoy the experience and catch a fish or two then the trip was successful. I simply enjoy fishing for a while and then finding a place to sit and get out my thermos of coffee and a candy bar and just enjoy the view! Congrats on a good day on the river!!
"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience...because only in the woods can I find solitude without lonliness..." Robert Traver 1964 (Judge John Voelker)