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Casting A Line Into The New Year

Man standing in the Big Lost River in fly fishing in a snow storm.

Fly fishing resolutions can be anything..including fishing more in the winter.

Today I had resolved to do a review on one of my favorite fly reels, the Galvan Torque. But alas, that was not meant to be for a multitude of reasons. The main factor was that I would rather be casting a line than sitting at my desk looking out the window daydreaming about midge hatches and Spey casting.  Fortunately I was able to copy the theme du jour on the Interweb. Lists of resolutions and goals abound.

  1. Not get grouchy when the older tourista guy and his wife with their new Tenkara rods wade into the stream 20 feet below me and ask; “How’s the fishing?”
  2. Wear a pair of waders that don’t have a Simms label on them at least once. The freshly designed Rio Gallegos waders from Patagonia intrigue me, so I will give them a whirl for sure.
  3. Not anchor my boat 90 feet away from where the fish are rising just because my mouthy friend implied that I anchored too closely to the fish at the previous spot. I guess he should have learned to cast about 30 more feet then he did.
  4. Not say anything negative about nymphing for steelhead… I didn’t say I wouldn’t write anything though.
  5. Use another rod like a Sage Circa or a Redington Butter Stick instead of my ancient Sage 490-LL to dry fly fish. It is an addiction that I have to break. However; I will compare every rod I fish to my grand old stick until I die.
  6. Wear a Buff with the skeleton face on it for at least one fish picture to prove that middle aged men can be cool.
  7. Use sunscreen every day. Seriously folks, please do!
  8. Educate (in a nice manner) paddle boarders, canoeists and kayakers on the lake as to the appropriate distance to give fly fishermen when possible.
  9. Try to end the propagation of the “Secret Spot” and “Special Fly” mythologies that pervades the psyches of many fly anglers, young and old. This does nothing but discourage beginning fly fishermen and reinforces the elitist fly fisherman stereotype that turns would be bait fishermen away from the sport.
  10. Pick-up every piece of garbage along the river I see. I am pretty good at this already, but I could be more aware.
  11. Encourage more people use rubber or cotton nets. This is something that we all should be doing.
  12. Teach my significant other how to double haul – without getting frustrated. i.e. remember the flask.
  13. The last thing I hope to accomplish this year is to introduce more people to fly fishing and the inherent need to practice habit and fish conservation.

Most of all, all of us at Stillwater Fly Shop hope we can help make the coming year of  your hunting and fly fishing experiences the most successful ever!

4 comments… add one
  • Jeff January 1, 2016, 9:57 am

    I smiled all the way through your post. A fun read. I don’t own a flask but laughed hard at the many times I could have used one. A great lift to my New Year’s Day! Thanks!!!

    • Sean Johnson January 3, 2016, 4:58 pm

      Thanks…It was a fun one

  • Gretchen January 30, 2016, 4:01 pm

    I know a certain fisherman who caught a steelhead on the Salmon river many, many moons ago on a little green nymph! Love ya, Sean!!!

    • Sean Johnson January 30, 2016, 10:54 pm

      Lol…I need more fans who love me Gretchen!! Thanks!! We miss you guys!

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