Why live with regret of dreams that slipped away? Focus on the most important things, and don’t let your life be a fish story.
“Set the hook!” “Set the hook!” “Wait, now wait, wait a minute. Maybe he will bite again.”
I had jerked the pole up at the nibble I felt on my fishing line, and in a panic I had let it down again. According to my husband and expert fisherman brother-in-law, now I had probably given the line too much slack and lost the tension I had on the hook. It got away.
This steelhead was the second to get away from me this weekend. The first one was huge, really huge. It was five times the fish I had seen others reel in.
It had clamped down on my line, and as I reeled, it darted right and left and launched out of the water then lurched down again.
My husband had the net ready as the fish neared the boat. Then in a frenzied moment, it darted toward our anchor line. I stumbled sideways with the force of the moment and lost the tension I…