The word forever is one of the most versatile in an anglers vocabulary. It gets thrown around like a rag-doll into just about any type of conversation on the river. “Dude, I fought that one brown forever, I didn’t think that 6x was going to hang on.” Or you get the classic “I’m telling you man I haven’t caught a fish that big in forever”, which just hurts to hear from the guy who routinely nets mammoth trout.
My personal favorite is the forever that gets thrown around behind closed doors on the river. Sitting around the truck on Yeti coolers, eating awkwardly warm PB&J sandwiches washed down with a few beers while you let the trout reset mid-day. It’s inevitable that one guy in the group goes on a cold streak where his relationship with the trout is at an all-time low. Instead of trying to add up the number of trips and LDR’s since his last fish in the net, or simply being honest and saying it has been light years since his last fish, oddly enough “Man, he hasn’t caught anything in forever” seems to do the trick. However, this is like telling a pitcher he has a no-hitter going into the 8th inning, YOU DON’T DO IT. You just simply add it in to the group conversation when he’s taking a piss in the woods or something.
Here’s the kicker about forever in fly fishing. You have to be careful with it because at anytime you know that he could put it all together. Perfect cast, perfect set, perfect fight, perfect net. It’s somewhat inevitable. And next thing you know you’re taking a hero pic of him with a 20+ inch beauty that looks like what was on the front cover of the last Drake magazine you were reading. At that moment you say a silent prayer to the Trout Gods that you are not looking down the barrel at being the next target of “Damn, he hasn’t caught a fish in forever.”