So I have finally made the decision to purchase a boat. I have settled on a guide quality pontoon craft for floating rivers and small lakes. This has truly been a process for me as I have been thinking about this for roughly a year. I am not a huge fan of more gear for the sake of more gear but there is a true method to my madness. I recently visited a beautiful trout stream in central PA with a friend and the entire afternoon we spent visiting one occupied trout hole after another. Angling pressure not only is hard on the fish… it is hard on me!
I am not a big fan of waiting which is why I typically avoid amusement parks at all cost. Fishing is my solitude, my zen time. I see anglers all the time in a boat and stare with envy as they fish waters that I can’t reach on foot. Granted, some of them pay money to guides that I don’t have but such is life. For the price of one or two guided days on the river, I could be the proud owner of a vessel that could bring me years of fishing pleasure on waters that most others can’t fish. I love the sense of adventure, the sense of freedom, and the true mobility.
I still have a few months to finish putting the final touches on my plan but I am truly excited and look forward to a whole new universe of fishing that awaits!
If you have a new adventure planned for 2011 I would love to hear a bout it! It can be big or small, cheap or lavish…. doesn’t matter as long as it involves a fly line!