Changing the Game
Some things happen quickly, others are long overdue. When I moved into my new home a few years ago, I spent most of my time attempting to make sure I settled two little ones and two teenagers into their new digs. I suppose it’s logical, but the first casualty of our new surroundings was my “man cave”. Subsequently, my fly tying station and surrounding stuff got stuffed into a not so appealing corner. (Innver voice sternly stating, “Nobody puts baby in a corner!”)
With the promise of thawing rivers and hungry fish I managed to get my mojo back and carve out some me space and me time. Being a serial saver of things (translation: borderline hoarder) I began going through my fly boxes and I just shook my head. I literally had patterns in boxes that I tied 15 years ago and had yet to see the water. Some of them I didn’t even like when I tied them let alone now.
The purge was on! I honestly think I put an entire chicken and half a deer into a garbage bag. Before you say it, these were Frankenstien creations that were not even worthy of donation. With all of this new found space I sat down to tie with vigor and passion. Being that this was a bit of a “Game Changer”, my inner voice with a loud whisper said, “hey! Why don’t you tie some Game Changers!”
If you have never tied one, they are not a difficult pattern, but they are time consuming so be prepared to invest some time. I opted for a slightly shortened version of the feather game changer and am super stoked to get it on the water. With smallie season getting into full swing soon it just felt right.
So what’s the point? (not that I ever actually have one). This is the perfect time of year to CHANGE YOUR GAME! Shake it up, purge your fly box clutter, learn some new patterns, and get plan some amazing trips. It’s been a long winter for most of us and I for one can’t wait to get out.
See you on the water!
Tight Lines and Loose Pants,