|The satisfaction of participating.|
|The joy of being in camp.|
After my friend’s bear was tagged I had this feeling that the trip was a great success and began to feel that it no longer mattered as much if I got one or not. I have had similar experiences while fishing my favourite runs for Yellowfish, on the Vaal River in South Africa. At times, after making a number of successful pocket casts and getting into a few fish in a rapid, I have felt like I have been granted my fair share of success and harassed the fish enough. I have then retreated to watch birds and Monitor Lizards and laze on rocks – often even in the face of a likely looking eddy imploring me to try and cast a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear into it!
|Sharing success with friends (ignore the socks...!).|
|Enjoying camp down-time.|
That which defines success, it seems, is personal but I would like to think that it is the function of a suite of experiences and phenomena. We all love to seal the deal and fill tags, but sometimes just participating has a satisfaction all of its own.
© Brian Joubert