Dec 14

Wait… is it really New Year’s Eve?

How did that happen?

This year has been a blur and probably the least I’ve blogged since the thing started. There simply hasn’t been time with the new addition (who just turned ONE), the new job (which I’ve now been at a year) and everything else.

It has been a mixed year, in many ways. There have been some high highs and low lows.

One of the bones of 2014

One of the bones of 2014

The Fishing High Points

  • Long Island. I hosted a trip for Angling Destinations to Long Island. It was a great week and my only pure fishing week of the year. I had never been to Long Island before, so it was great to check that out, see a new fishery, get to know new guides and new anglers. I landed maybe my biggest bonefish to date at about 7.5 pounds and I experienced some things for the first time. It was a great week.
  • The Keys. A short trip with only one fishing day, but I got to go out with Capt. Derek Rust and Dan Dow and I stuck my first redfish (after many, many blown shots by yours truly).
  • Montana. Labor Day was an the in-laws on the Yaak River in Montana. My daughter had a 20 fish day on dries on a little creek, a magical experience.
  • The Pier. My daughter and I continued to dunk bait from our local pier and we had one day sans obligations that we fished there for 8 hours and caught too many sharks to count. A highlight for sure.
  • The Upper McCloud. My daughter and I went camping on the Upper McCloud again and she caught her first trout solo on a fly. A proud moment.
  • Fishing with my dad. When my mom passed away this year I went up to be with my dad and we did what came naturally and we fished. I don’t get to fish with my dad too often these days and it did seem to be cathartic. It was a special few days.

With all of that said, this was probably my lowest year in terms of fishing days. I had a fly rod in my hand maybe the fewest days since I picked up a fly rod in 1996.

It was a great year as I watched my boy grow from infant to toddler. It was a hard year with my mom passing away. It was a great year as I watched my wife excel at motherhood and in her career. It was a hard year as my daughter struggled to share time with her new brother and I went from week on/off to a weekend dad. It was a year full of ups and downs.

I’m looking forward to 2015. I’ll likely get fishing, somewhere. I’ll probably catch a bonefish, maybe a tarpon, certainly a trout and a shark. Beyond that, or where those activities will take place… I can’t say just yet. Time will fill in the blanks.

Happy 2015 to you and yours. I hope you it is a year full of personal bests.

Jan 14

My 2014

I’m resisting just posting a bunch of pictures of my little son. He’s occupying a fair bit of my time these days, as is appropriate.

It occurred to me that my fishing license didn’t get as much use as in years past this last year. I’m OK with that. Things ebb and they flow and last year was an ebb year for my rivers. I didn’t get to see them too often, but I also had a pregnant wife and some turmoil in my work life.

I come into 2014 with a marriage on solid footing, a job which feels pretty secure and two kids. I take those responsibilities pretty seriously, so this year might not be a heavy-use year for my 2014 CA fishing license. Hoping to get up North at least a couple times and I hope to get up to the Sierras at least once to fish with my friend John. There should be trips to the pier with my daughter and at least one trip to the salt for bones. That may be the shape of things.

I’ve cozied up to what my fishing will look like. I just have to hope that my evil plan of giving my children fishy middle names will pay off as they get older (Babine and Biscayne).

Love the look there.

Love the look there.

OK. Couldn’t resist.