It is remarkable how two anglers on the same river, on the same day, in the same conditions, can feel differently about the fishing. Saturday was a very hot, sunny day, as days go in England it was anyway. It made sense to fish until dark and during the day to look for rising fish in shaded places.
One angler reported afterwards that it had been important to keep changing the fly to suit what was being eaten. He didn't stick with a favourite fly. He also happened to take his time and invested heavily in those three principles...
He signed off, filled with joy, saying that it was as if fishing in Dry Fly Paradise.
The other didn't think so. He had found it very difficult to find rising fish but was happy enough that he had caught some on a fly he favoured. He reported that he had fished "Pretty much the whole stretch........just walked and cast at any likely looking spot.........good job I had the whole day!"
This might be a choice deliberately made as a visitor wanting to see all 8 miles of the water available on this stretch of river. It was a choice that was very likely to gravitate against the angler as it left little time to get to know a piece of the water well enough to cease being a VISITOR and instead become, even if only for a short time, a RESIDENT.
Numbers of fish caught are not all that important here but enjoyment is. I can't help feeling the second angler missed out by his VISITOR status whilst the first angler enjoyed the benefit of becoming a RESIDENT for the day.
It is hard to explain. I hope you can understand what I am trying to say here...