Well 2013 is nearly over.....and in many ways not soon enough. 2013 has had it's fair share of trials, tribulations and stress. Like previous years, it could have been better but it also could have been far worse. The most important thing is that my wife and children are happy and healthy. Though 2013 was very busy I still had a number of times to get out on the water and reconnect with the outdoors.....which is something I think ALL OF US need to do from time to time.
|One of my favorite and more respectable browns from earlier this year|
|My best flies for 2013|
In addition to some great fishing I had the good fortune to be invited to contribute to a couple of new fishing publications focused on tenkara. I am grateful to David Dirks, Daniel Galhardo and Anthony Naples for considering me to be part of a list of respected and talented tenkara anglers. Several years ago when I placed my first order for a tenkara rod and decided to start tying flies for my own use and enjoyment I never thought I would have been adding my own input to fly fishing literature and tying literally thousands of flies for fellow anglers. All of it has been pretty cool to say the least.
2013 has been such as busy year and finding time for the fun things has at times been difficult. Earlier this year I had even contemplated closing down this blog. It takes time to keep a blog going....something I never seem to have enough of. But blogging has been a nice outlet in more ways than one. I have seen a number of great blogs come and go (more likely just fade away). I never wanted mine to just fade away but when I feel ready to stop typing I will try to bring this story to a fitting conclusion. In the meantime, I find that there are a number of bloggers out there who I feel I can call friends (even though we have never met). I really enjoy reading their blogs and if I were stop blogging I would miss them too much. With my wrap up finished I would like to wish all fellow bloggers, anglers, fly tiers, family and friends a very Happy & Healthy New Year. May 2014 find you enjoying a quite stream with a trout in hand and a smile on your face as often as possible.