The whole blogging thing is interesting, for sure. I don’t have ads and don’t cash a Bonefish on the Brain paycheck. This started as a hobby and largely remains that (just one I am kind of ridiculously dedicated to). However, the distance the blog has come in the last year is pretty obvious to me when I think about all the folks who have helped put some shape to this upcoming trip to Belize.
Thanks to El Pescador for hosting me for this trip. We are still paying for guides and I’m still paying for a couple of flights, but the lodging… that was huge.
Thanks to Sage for the loaner Xi3 Seven and Ten weights. Good sticks for Belize, me thinks. Lori-Ann’s go to is the 7 wt. Xi3, so I’ll be in good company.
Thanks to Orvis for the loaner 8 wt. Helios and the line for the 10 weight. Steve offered and I couldn’t turn down a chance to see exactly how good these new Orvis rods are.
Thanks to Nautilus for the loaner NV Ten-Eleven. This is actually something anyone can do… you can test drive a Nautilus, just check out the website.
Thanks to Skinny Water Culture for two replacement sun masks (I somehow lost three in the last 6 months), a microfiber shirt and a new hat.
Thanks to Patagonia for a sling pack for alllllll those flies I’ll be sporting, plus a sun mask and hat.
Thanks to Off the Hook Fly Shop, where I bought most of the materials used in the flies I’ll be throwing.
That’s a lot of help… and if you look at my FFSI, you’ll see that I think the help you get has a lot to do with reducing suckiness… so, I have that going for me.
As someone recently wrote to me, “This is the most exciting bonefishing trip I’m not going on.” I hope to have some good stories to share and hope to be posting from Belize and El Pescador, assuming I have the strength left after milking each day for every ounce of fishing possible.