Originally Posted by mikel
I've stopped fishing for long periods, or fished very sparingly for several years due to pressures of work and family, but I never "quit" fishing.
Quitting suggests a conscious decision NOT TO FISH, like a person deciding to quit eating red meat...it implies an intent not to fish for a reason.
I never did that...I just ran out of time for a few years...just as I stopped playing golf for 8 years in that period, but never quit the game....
I think I like the way you put it best. Though I never intended to give up completely, I did make a conscious choice to take a rest. I'm tired and stressed and really just have a lot on my plate. I'm all about finding that happy balance right now where all parts of life are being met with deserved attention.
Thanks for all who responded and there is quite a lot that was said that I spent time to consider.
I missed the water and missed the pursuit but even after a 6 month "break" I don't miss those phone calls on the water from a pissed off wife wondering where I'm at. If you guys can remedy that...
The river was flowing a bit lower then I would have liked but the fall colors in Wisconsin were just starting to pop.
The salmon were in thick. As many as I've ever seen in the river at once. We estimated the numbers in our one mile stretch not in the hundreds but well over a thousand. We we finding pools filled with not just a few salmon but more like a dozen.
The kings are nearing the end and the coho are still moving in fresh wearing their best colors. Though we were not here for kings they were unavoidable in those numbers. We spent most of the time fishing behind the big pods for whatever might be there sipping on eggs. My buddy had the lucky rod and turned up our first Great Lakes trout of the fall.
It was weird, even with those numbers of salmon in the river, the pike were still snapping at flies. Normally when all those aggressive big fish move in, the warm water fish shut down.
I really missed this...