Friday, April 18, 2014

Ever Wonder Why You Are Doing Something?

Gonna go a bit off topic here, sorry for the venting act, psychobabble, straight up complaining or what ever it is.  I am at a point in this fly fishing thing where I am sitting back and reassessing just where I'm currently at.   I gotta admit, between the inter webs, social media and the notion that in this fast paced world we live in if you don't stay on top of all that crap you become irrelevant, it seems to me that all of the above is filled with countless posts, re posts and posts over posts of repetitive nonsense just to stay relevant and "cutting edge" regardless of whether or not the content is compelling, almost like a giant popularity contest.   More often than not it's straight up garbage, and what I like to call wasted time and hot air, and I feel as though I am caught in the middle of it all at times myself.   I guess I am having a bit of a social media meltdown/breakdown, or maybe I am forever wondering if all this BS is really worth it as I feel the last couple of years of "Fly fishing success" for me all seem to be pulling me completely away from the thing I enjoy the most,  fishing itself.

Don't get me wrong I love to create flies and tie as much as I like to fish, but I am slowly having some clarity these days, realizing that I do not want to be married to my Regal every free moment that I have.  What to do...... 

Once I complete this book project I am fully immersed in, I am reassessing my direction with Catching Shadows.  I am forever torn with how much involvement I want to have in the "Industry" side of this sport even though it has been extremely good to me as a whole.  Continue tying commercially?  Guide again?  A combination of the two?  I don't quite know the answer.  Maybe it's people overload, situational awareness, the notion that my interests are diverted, new challenges and opportunities in my real career, what it is, I don't really know.  What I do know is I am getting tired of the grind it out long pie eyed nights with  less time spent doing what I am most passionate about......  Fly fishing. 

Sometimes when you reassess your goals, even when you're feeling down, something good or even great comes out of the process.   Giving my eyes and hands a break from late nights at the vise tying exorbitant numbers of flies repetitively has made me think about all of this quite a bit.   I apologize for my candidness, but I feel like I've hit a brick wall face first  and the sting is really sinking in and will not subside.

I guess last weekend on the sticks made me contemplate just what the hell I am doing.  Looking back, I don't quite know how I did what I did in such a short span of time, never mind the numbers of flies I was pumping out with all that I have going on in my life.  Excuse me for a bit while I decompress and let things sink in for a while.  I think I am in need of some water time to cleanse the soul, hopefully I can get some in the days to come.  Until then, I hope you all have a great Easter weekend with friends and family, I'll be back posting sometime later this spring/summer.   Hopefully these damn bugs will wake up and give us something shoot for.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Festivities

My hopes and anticipation are both running very high as I write this.  Hoping that I'm actually seeing the weather report correctly and anticipating what will ensue.  A weekend away on one of my favorite tail waters, floating, throwing streamers to eager and hungry browns, maybe even some surface oriented dry fly fishing if I'm lucky.

My good friend Mike Schmidt and I will be on course for the Catskills and travel routes will be intersecting in an area where many before us frequented for the bounty of trout fishing, hatches and fishing lore.  Both of us are very optimistic as our last two planned outings together yielded both of us swift kicks to the nether regions by good old mother nature.  Since our last epic beat down, we've both been paying homage to the old girl with bedtime prayers on one knee in hopes of changing our luck.  Chants of "We're not worthy", haunt both of us, and we hope that our tributes will yield better results. 

My used to be full time fishing friend Mike will also be joining us for one of these days as we float the river of dreams.  If anybody can right the ship, Mike is the guy and the fate of our weekend rests in his hands.  When we get together, the stars seem to align and we always manage to have some luck.

If anything, we will be laughing all weekend, drinking some good beers and eating like kings as we traverse a rather picturesque landscape on our way quest for the "One".  If all goes well, I shall have a nice follow up post for you all next week.  Until then, have a great weekend and get out on some water while the weather holds.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Could Spring Finally Be Coming?

Well, its above freezing this morning as I write this, seems kind of odd to say this considering how brutal this winter has been.  Round one of three rounds of heavy rain is behind us and although the rivers have risen, we are in pretty good shape, for now that is.  If you're gonna fish, today might be it until later next week if we get the rain they are saying we are slated to receive. 

The Farmington is in good shape coming in at roughly 400 CFS in the TMA.

The Housatonic on the other hand is right at 1,410 CFS and climbing, looking to go over 2,000 later today and much higher I'd assume.  

It won't be long before April is here, hopefully more consistent weather and some bigger bugs and eager fish.  We are almost out of the dark folks, only a few more weeks away from the fray.  I am putting the finishing touches on yet another chapter in the book this morning, the last of the nymph patterns and the 18th of I can't recall how many chapters.  Not sure how many will make the cut but I have roughly 30 chapters in all for this project.  I'll keep you all posted, I still have quite a bit of work ahead of me. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tie One On

This weekend I will be making a bit of a road trip to the 3rd Annual Tie One On Fly Tying Rendezvous hosted by the  Iroquois Chapter of Trout Unlimited & Dette Trout Flies located at Barbagallo's 6344 East Molloy, Road.East Syracuse, NY 13057.  The show starts at 9:00 AM and runs till 5:00 PM and has a very notable list of presenters, fly tyers and celebrities from  fly fishing  in attendance, most notably streamer guru Kelly Galloup.  I'm looking forward to hanging with a few of my friends including Mike Schmidt and Pat Cohen, Kevin Compton, Allen Landheer, John Collins, Jim Froio, Brad Buzzy, Bob Mead, Dave Brandt, John Cavanaugh, Steve Silverio, Vern Burm just to name a few.  If you're in the area, stop on in and say hello and watch us all do our thing and talk about our passion.  I plan on tying some of my more notable patterns including the Headbanger Sculpin, Headcase Crayfish, Ice Pick and who knows maybe even a Hog Snare or two. 

My initial plans were to run up early and catch some Steelhead fishing prior to the show, but I've got too many commitments around here this week and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will be in full swing.  I will most likely be affixed to my computer or television with multiple games playing while production tying a big batch of Realistic Baitfish, spinning bugs for my own self, writing in the book or working out the kinks for the book photography while chasing around my girls who have a shortened week of school.  So needless to say it will be a short lived excursion for me this weekend, but one I am very much looking forward to.  Soon enough good weather will be here and fishing will be the main attraction on my free days.  Here's to the last show for me in the 2013-2014 winter season.  Cheers...


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