Shannon Simpson, of Susanville, celebrates her birthday by landing this beautiful brown trout while fishing Lake Almanor with Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service.Photo submitted
“Down at the core of every fisherman’s heart is the belief that on any day something wonderful and unlikely could be made to happen, and that if you’re careful and patient enough it could happen to you.”
—John Gierach, “Standing in a River Waving a Stick”
The fishing is good right now. Does that mean that you will catch a fish on every cast or even every other cast? No.
When I say the fishing is “good,” I mean an average angler has a good chance of catching something. And we are all average anglers, especially in the opinion of the fish. That might not fit a mathematician’s definition of “average” but fishing has its very own math. Measurements in particular, being more fluid and subjective when applied to angling, are subject to an entirely different set of rules. But let’s save that discussion for another day.