I don't get as upset as I used to when I get skunked. I think it's because I spend so many days on the water now - averaging about 60 a year. I know that if today was a rough outing, there will always be tomorrow, often times quite literally. Plus, I try really hard not to prescribe to the philosophy "you are only as good as your last game" when it comes to fly fishing. I try to look at the broader picture, the patterns that form. You know as well as I do that there are tougher waters than others to fish, that there are tougher seasons than others to fish, and there is more dumb luck (both good and bad) involved in fly fishing than we all care to admit. Sometimes "Fish Win!"
On the other hand, the three things that get to me more than the occasional skunking are: 1. losing nice fish to poor fishing tactics; 2. getting skunked repeatedly in a series of outings; 3. watching everyone around you land hogs and not getting a fish.
And to add to "The River Runs Through It" screenplay highlights reel..."What do you say you and me go out again tomorrow and wipe this one off the books." Nothing cures a good skunking like the anticipation of heading back out on the water the next day.
So, cheer up friends! When you happen to get skunked, as many of us do...just remember that there is another day...and having a positive attitude as you go out the next time will be much better than a "stinkin'" attitude! And if the "Fish Win", just turn around and give the fish a salute and say "You won this round, see you next time!"