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Did I meet the potential of the body of water?

NZ can be one fish a mile and well worth it or in a crick here at home it can be 40 in a mile and well worth it.

Some days I like catching zero, for it is those days that make me adjust instead of sitting in my comfort zone.
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glad to get all the reply's !!! I seem to be rogue here. I just love to compete w/ myself. love all the trappings nature has to offer too, just love to feel that rod throbbing.......tight lines guys!!!!
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I used to be a numbers guy. I even counted the adult steelhead, both hooked and landed along with as much data as I could gather for each day to learn patterns. I had it on an excel spread sheet. I would log every piece of data from the NOAA weather site and the USGS river data. I stopped doing that several years ago. Just kinda forgot to log in and lost count after a while. Last entry the landed steelhead count was 1,066.

I got a couple other guys into keeping logs like this so we could all kinda cross examine our findings. Thing is, we never did. In fact, these guys became "numbers" guys like I was and I discovered they weren't pleasant to be around when the fishing was slow. I can only guess I was the same way. Catching fish was directly related to joy and the opposite bred disappointment. Kind of taking for granted that we were just lucky to be out there.

I still love to catch fish. I don't grade a day by how many I catch. I love solving puzzles more than anything. If Ive had a tough day because the fish are being unpredictable and I crack the code at the end of the day and catch 2 nice fish, that's about as good as it gets in my mind.
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Numbers mean very little. Some days I catch more than I can count, others just a couple. Or maybe skunked. It's all good. If I were to concentrate on the numbers, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the moment.


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Numbers are good but the feeling of accomplishment in all the different scenarios you can face is what gives me satisfaction. Plus just enjoying the outdoors. I watched a bird catch a trout and eat it today
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I feel fortunate to like my job so prefer a balance between time on the water and time at work. As for numbers, if I get skunked it is a bit frustrating but other than that I' don't worry too much. Whether it is landing a few hefty trout during a day on the pressured tailwater or landing double digits small trout while walking up a small stream in the mountains I'm pretty happy.
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If the fishing is too easy, I get bored pretty quickly, so a middle ground on numbers is what I prefer...and I always lose track after 7. The exception is fishing dries, when a fish per cast is awesome and will keep me mesmerized until it stops.

Skunks are ok too, as long as I feel I'm fishing well and it's just not my day.
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Every so often this subject comes up and believe it or not I try to answer with something short & sweet each time and fail. This won't be any different.........

I don't ever recall hearing a fisherman complain over catching too many fish. The closest I came was 2006 when I took a few days to recover from a swollen wrist & sore elbow and they didn't come from casting. I believe that season got me thinking about 2 hand rods just for easier landing of fish.......... But then the question was what makes for a successful day on the water and I have kind of a regular answer I give when people ask, Any Luck? A good day is when nothing goes wrong, you don't fall into the river - you don't forget some really important item of tackle - etc.

Honestly, I'm not busting on anyone when I say that if I were only or even partially interested in numbers or size I wouldn't have lasted long. This has been a long road for me, when I started I couldn't catch a fish if you threw it at me with a fly rod. I taught myself to cast and tie as well as everything else that I think I know now, with special emphasis on the word think I can't say positively why I do this or why I've been doing it for so long. There is no one thing, seriously. There have been days in my life when I caught more fish than I could offer a numeric value on because I didn't count. I call those busy days and there have been a good many when the conditions make it dam near impossible to catch a single one........... On average I'm ahead when it comes to days when fish were found and caught.

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My fishing partner used to be a "how many did you get ?" kinda guy. I got to the point where I wouldn't tell him.
Now it's more like "What did you learn today ?"

I remember one time seeing a guy using one of these that he had clipped on his vest. Takes all kinds, I guess.

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You'll evolve from a numbers / size guy to just happy to get out and catch one. I'm happy you live where you can catch a fish every 10 minutes for 2 days, but for most it's not about that. If you caught 1 every minute and they're all 24" then that's something to boast about.

Take a minute, breath, drink a beer and chill out.
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