As I cover the different types of water and how to fish them, I will see a situation and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This is a reaction that we all have; it is certainly how I learn from other anglers. You can learn something, not only when another angler tells you where and how he took the fish, but even when someone tells you about an event, positive or negative, that might shed light on how to solve the puzzle, explain the mystery. Even if it’s just for one night, one tide, or one location, it is unlocking the puzzle that makes fly fishing fun. Yes, it is exciting when fish are feeding and taking everything that lands in the water. But even if you land only one fish, or make just one fish take your fly, if you have discovered something new, it makes fly fishing truly rewarding.
To me, it’s more than catching numbers of fish that makes fly fishing special – its catching that one fish.