I ran out early this morning with a buddy of mine to a trout stream at a FF only drag. There was quite a few fisherman around... We both came up short but mostly I was having an awesome time watching another guy with a horrible attitude.
He was probably 26 years old, all decked out with the most expensive gear and clothing I've seen. The guy was nymphing or throwing emergers but not a thing. He was getting p!ssed and started slamming his line (fly) in the water. Kept moving around and kicking through the water like a kid at a water park. Red face, looked mad... (I almost felt like a 70 ft double haul and snagging his line)
When we were leaving, he was at his vehicle throwing his rod around... I can only guess he was upset with not catching anything. Who knows, maybe there was something else going on but I thought it was kinda lowsy behavior regardless.
I never get mad but just like to get out. If I lose multiple flies, I might get annoyed but definately don't stomp around. Do you guys see this going on quite a bit?
Yes I see it, but it isn't unique to fly fishing or expensive gear. Golf, team sports, traffic, waiting in lines, screaming children, etc etc etc etc. People lose their tempers. Some people are immature and aren't able to manage their emotions, some people have emotional/psychological issues, and probably everyone has a bad day from time to time. When you see that kind of anger over something minor, there's something else going on in that person's life or personality. It can be interesting to watch but I doubt snagging his line would have contributed positively to the situation or improved the day for anyone. Best is usually to ignore or diffuse.
I have never had a bad day of fishing. I have had some bad days of catching, but never a bad day of fishing.
I read someone else's quote that said " trout don't live in ugly places ".
That is so true. So when I am out there in a cold clear stream, the banks lined with bright green willows, wildflowers on the sides of the hills, and a clear blue sky high above me, how could I ever get mad ?
I'm thankful for the opportunity to enjoy what beauty was created and the peace fishing brings. Mad ? Never.
A skunking is all part of it. I'm less than thrilled but am OK with that. When I get frustrated, I find a spot on the bank and watch the stream or my fishing partner. I had at least one occurrence of this on my spring trip this year. Started with a new leader, snapped it pretty high up. Rebuilt it, a few casts and got hung up again. Snapped it again, back to rebuilding. Repeat the process. After 2 rebuilds I figured it was time for a break. It happens. I try to take it all in stride and try to learn from it, being on the water is far better than working if you ask me.