I'm 45 today. I feel 25 still in my head but my body is starting to tell me otherwise. Knees start to squeak,shoulders pop,etc. I have been thinking a lot about why I fish. It's changed much over the years.Why do I fish? What gets me up at dark thirty to chase an ever elusive quarry? I have been through the whole gotta catch a lot of fish, gotta catch big fish, gotta catch them on floating lines and dry flies and floating line thing. Now it seems,catching fish,while still the goal, has become somewhat secondary to the time I spend with others on the river. I have spent thousands of hours by myself fishing over the years, and I still enjoy it. But I have found a new real joy in fishing with, teaching and still being taught by friends and others I meet on the river. I am enjoying watching my 4 year old soon take interest in fishing and watching him on the river with a switch rod in his hand and a dry fly on the end swinging for steel is an amazing site. The pressure to always catch fish is slowly fading away, that is saying a lot because I am a highly competitive person. But now in my mid years I don't fish like a 20 year old anymore. I fish a little slower, I think about stuff more. I have more knowledge, I cover water better, I waste less energy on things that are not efficient. I am less swayed by what the crowd is doing. I have a deeper appreciation for those that came before me. I can go longer without touching a fish then I used to. I am less frustrated by a fish less session. I enjoy just being alive and able to still scramble around in the rivers I love. So what motivates you to fish for steelhead? How has it changed as you have changed and grown older and wiser?