I know… I know. Much to the dismay of many, I am still alive and kicking. The last 12 months of life is a sad state of affairs from a fly fishing perspective. I suppose this is what happens when two little people pop into the world, you buy a 100 year old house in need of major renovations, and start a basically new job all at the same time.
OK… I am done making crappy ass excuses for being a very bad blogger. Wait, sorry, one more lame excuse… COULD THIS WINTER SUCK ANY WORSE? It probably couldn’t but a cool thing happened on the way to Excuseville. This past weekend I showed my sad face at the Penn’s Wood West Trout Unlimited Cabin Fever Expo in Cranberry, PA. Did I see any new gear that I didn’t know about? Nope…. Did I find any super duper deals that I couldn’t pass up? Nope….. So what did you see Mr. Brownliner?
I thought you’d never ask. I saw a few thousand folks just like me that have been dying to get out on the water and it totally ignited a spark. I saw some friends like Dale, Rob, Jim, Jeff etc… who I haven’t talked with in a while. I saw my good buddies from International Angler (my local shop). But the cherry on my hot fudge sundae was having a super cool talk with the infamous Tom Rosenbauer from Orvis.
Despite attending quite a few industry events we had never met. I travel for a living and Tom has made many a boring drive pretty darn interesting for this cowboy so getting a chance to talk for a few was pretty cool. Speaking of Cabin Fever and making it through a long winter, if you are not listening to Tom’s podcast you are missing out. Not only is he talking about some pretty timely stuff but he has a catalog of podcasts from days gone by that are always fun to listen to. You can check him out at http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=4047. And don’t be shy about calling or emailing him with questions because he answers many of them in great detail.
The other thing I am totally pumped about is coming around very very soon is the F3T! Yep, the Fly Fishing Film Tour. More fish porn than you can handle in one evening. I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces coming up in March so don’t miss it!
As soon as I can get out to my garage, CW and I will be starting to re-glass the yet to be named micro-skiff so if any of you have any irreverent snarky name ideas for a carp chasing micro, let me know. I promise not to be absent for so long next time!
Tight Lines and Loose Pants,