There is this power that allows an individual to harness all senses into one. The entire body then sees. Even the invisible is not free from sight once an angler has employed this power. Motions. Subtle corrections. Detections. What is this power and how long does it last before doubt or satisfaction can erode it?
Corbina hunters Casey Sheahan (Sunshade Shirt) and Dylan Tomine gazing in concentration. Photo by Joe Daniel.
That photo cap should read "...gazing in frustration" or "aggravation." Holy smokes. Those fish are brutal--cruising up the wash into ankle deep water, digging out sand crabs and completely ignoring our offerings. There were fish everywhere! And we got the donut. Nice.
You know how cool it is to spot a fish, watch it feed, make the cast and see it eat your fly? Neither do I. At least not in the SoCal surf. I headed home to steelhead country with tail between legs. At least with steelhead, when they refuse your presentation, most of the time you never even know it. Probably because, for the most part, you're never even sure if they're there. It's probably some kind of personal psychological defect, but I think that kind of fishing just suits me better. Fear of rejection? Hey, what you don't know can't hurt your feelings, right?
Anyway, it was a really cool experience. Sort of in the same way getting kicked in the nuts by a rabid baboon might be. Oh, wait--is that...masochism? Now that's something a steelheader understands... I get it. Yeah, I'm coming back for more--save me a spot on the beach, guys. Be a lot better if it was 36 degrees and raining, though.
Well said Dylan, concentration, frustration, aggravation and masochism all seem to be part of the fly fishing picture....but in a good way, right? Good luck chasing chrome on the left coast. Keep us informed here at Way Upstream of your efforts and continue to join the conversations. Your voice is important......and your beach spot is saved.
steve, it was great to fish with you. i am back from cr and got my bean fix both yesterday and this morning. it is too bad you were not able to fish my local water here in LA during your visit. the corbina have been abundant...
I'll be back James. Thanks for showing me the ropes. Keep me up on the corbina game and thanks for the link. I want one of those t-shirts!
we are making some more. i will send you one as soon as we have them ready.
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