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Todd Hirano

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So here's an interesting question. If indeed one fish in a day is enough, do you quit for the day if you get one in the morning? I had a dream sequence morning a few years ago where I landed three fish in the space of an hour and a half. I quit for the day. I've slacked off terribly after a morning success. I may be just lazy.......


Would I quit after getting one in the morning - no way!  I haven't reached that kind of enlightenment yet.  Unfortnately, I'm not immune that greedy tendency inherent to my flesh.  That's why I still fish hard within my self imposed limitations, ie., I still want to get as many as I can doing it "my way".

I just know that there are times on some of our rivers when the catching can be over the top, like what Bruce described on the Snake.  No one can be blame someone for getting caught up in the all too rare days when fishing for steelhead is easy and catching is prolific.  But like Bruce described very well, self-examination is important.  Do we really need to catch crazy numbers to prove ourselves at the expense of the steelhead?  I know if I encountered a day of abundant steelhead encounters, I'd really need to examine my own motives and keep my greed in check, not an easy thing, and no judgement on those who go out there and just get incredible numbers of steelhead on the swung fly.  We are all at different places in our journey.  I've just been thinking about this numbers thing lately and glad it came up in this thread.

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Brady Burmeister

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Numbers are certainly not the whole thing.  As Albert Einstein said:

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

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^-This is a wonderful saying that applies very well to my approach to fishing.

As far as proceeding with the day after hooking up early, I usually use that opportunity to try out new flies, or even change tactics.
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As far as proceeding with the day after hooking up early, I usually use that opportunity to try out new flies, or even change tactics.


This is my approach, too - with so little feedback overall from fish to the swing, I find it worth taking advantage of times when they're grabby to do some experimenting, myth-busting, and learning ... all at a sane and sated pace.

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I do not keep a log or diary of fish I catch. I keep a number in my mind and a memory of a fish. I do have a few pictures thanks to others who have taken them for me. I have a goal in each season of hooking ten fish. If I get there I consider it a successful year if I don't well yo know bad year. I've had good seasons and bad, but I've enjoyed all that time spent casting.
On the second point of the thread; does all of this handling by anglers affect the spawning. I would like to think that it doesn't affect the reproduction. There are a lot of fish moving upriver and each one gets snagged at least once on the journey, at least I think so on the rivers I fish. Some are hooked more than once as I have caught a fish with a fly broke off in it on the tail for me. Another good reason to not take fish out of water and pinching barbs.
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if it was about numbers I would not be a happy guy!!!

My favorite fishing is spring creek trout with really small flies and I am happy working to one fish for well over an hour and I feel great if he even sucks in the fly in that time.

Regarding steelhead fishing - it is much more about the locations I get to do this (which is a good thing).

 I have asked this question before and rarely get any takers.

If someone told you or if you knew that you would never hook another steelhead, would you still fish for them? Pretty sure I would.

Regarding guided trips - I have been doing guided trips more in the last several years than anytime in the past but I only have been going with a few select guides that I very much consider good friends and it is not that important to me if I hook up and always ask that the guide fish with me - sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. But if they do and if they hook a fish, I am every bit as happy as if I had hooked the fish.
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I enjoy standing in the river making tight loops, but I do also enjoy the take. I don't have to catch lots of fish, but do appreciate the special times when that happens.
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So many great comments on this thread.

Like most of you I love the process. If a steelhead eats it truly is a bonus, and that's not hyperbole. When they do eat, especially on certain rivers (e.g., the Salmon in Idaho), I find it simply mind-blowing to think that that specific fish ran 600+ miles to clamp down on one of my poorly tied flies, and has the good graces to give me a tussle. Mind-blowing. Because of that, on rivers like the Salmon, I've quit after the first fish more times than not. Maybe I am lazy. Maybe its a good excuse to uncork the adult juice. Or maybe its all in the 600+ miles. How this philosophy may or may not change if I lived someplace like the OP, or close to coastal rivers, I'm not sure. I'd like to think that a similar sense of awe would be at work, but tweaked to meet the context and location. Maybe one day I'll move to coast and be able to test this hypothesis.
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