2010 was an interesting year and marked the first full year of this little blog being around. Thanks for sticking with me.
I managed two trips in 2010, bookending the year. My first trip was in January to Grand Bahama and the last was a trip to Belize in November. The two trips were very different from one another with the GBI trip being a solo trip with lots of DIY, a day of guiding, a cheap hotel and meals mostly comprised of peanuts and gummy worms. The Belize trip was with a good friend and saw a grand slam, a first rate lodge with wonderful meals (think lobster) and camaraderie. Both were fantastic experiences.
I tied a lot over the past year and generally improved my saltwater tying a great deal.
I got to cast some loaner rods… from Sage, the Xi3 in a 7 and 10 and from Orvis the Helios, Hydros and Access. I also got to play with a Mirage reel from Orvis and the lovely NV from Nautilus. They all pretty much rocked.
I did A LOT of interviews. In fact, all 31 interviews I’ve done were done this year. The interviews, I think, are my best contribution to the wider world of bonefishing since all the interviews are original content. So much of what I do is finding the gems and nuggets from around the web, but the interviews are my own products thanks to the generosity of those interviewed. There are some great stories in there… I hope you enjoy them.
Fish I caught for the first time this year… carp, striper, permit, tarpon.
I had some good freshwater trips this year, including a nice few days on the Metolius up in Oregon. The Metolius is just more beautiful than is reasonable. Fishing with my dad was a special bonus.
I also had some days on the Upper Sacramento, some Sierra creeks, the CA Surf, South Bay reservoirs and other ponds. Oddly, I probably fished less this year than in just about any year for the past decade. Having a 3 year old does that to ya.
On the personal front I moved from the Sierra Foothills back to Silicon Valley. My little girl started pre-school and landed her first trout. I continue to be a stay-at-home dad, although that is a limited time contract with about a year left to go… after that… I’m going to have to find a regular job again. Should be interesting.
Thanks for being a reader and sharing your comments and stories over the last year.
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