Musky fishing on the other hand is completely different, especially with a fly rod. It is exhausting. It takes patience. It takes focus. It has been going on two years since I have even hooked one. It is a completely different kind of unwinding. It is satisfying to go out on the river and get your butt handed to you by a fish. Throwing ten inch flies on a ten wt all day long just for a little hope of coaxing this predator to bite. Patience is something that musky fishing teaches you. It is probably one of the only species that just seeing them follow your fly is like having a hundred trout day on the stream. So while there are days where I need to be on a mountain stream catching a couple dozen 6 inch brook trout, there will also be days where I need to be out on the river throwing out my arm for a fish that I shouldn't be targeting with a fly rod.
And the tying of musky flies is a therapeutic activity as well. Expensive, but fun. I have gone through more bucktails this week tying musky flies than I like to admit.
I went out again Saturday to again not see a single follow. I caught my first musky on my first outing for them and now I'm having to pay with 20,000 casts instead of 10,000.......Patience.