The difference between a good fisherman and a great fisherman does not lie in how many fish are caught when conditions are perfect but how many fish are caught in less than perfect conditions.
I met Bill and Frank for a Monday outing. As they pulled up, I was tilted against the truck seat with the door open, half leaning and half standing with a Tim Horton's in my hand.
Bill looked at me as I drank my coffee and said "whats wrong?"
I said "look at the water. "
Bill replied "too shallow?"
I said "too muddy."
Bill and Frank made their way out of their vehicle to confirm my statement and a change of plans was agreed upon.
We hit plan B as the morning light showed her face against the boiling water and current seams painting a dark greenish brown hue .
The water was less than perfect but in comparison to our alternatives it could have been worse.
We would have to make do.
The weather was pleasant for a change and we were pleased with the changes in creek from last year. I surveyed my options and got to work.
The result for my efforts today was a big shiny goose egg.
Bill got and few and Frank got more than a few.
Hence the difference between good and great fisherman.
These men produce regardless of the adverse conditions and I........
Well lately I am mired in inconsistency.
I have a few good days mixed in with goose eggs.
I strive to be consistently consistent in all conditions thrown my way.
So that at the end of the day I do not mutter "God damn Canadians!" as they just smile and put their rods away.
I humbly submit to my masters for now...........just for now..............