Friday, December 30, 2011
Fishing Resolutions New and Old
First, I would like to wish everybody a happy and safe new year! With the arrival of that little baby in a diaper blowing a kazoo, I would like to look back on my 2011 fishing resolutions and lay out my 2012 ones.
I was asked last year at this time on a forum what my goals were. At that time I was fly fishing for 6 months. This is what I said:
1. Catch a trout on a dry I tied.
2. Fish 3 of the Central PA majors.
3. Land a 20 incher on the fly rod.
4. Fish 2 hatches that I never have fished, which would be every one except Sulphur, BWO, Trico
5. Make a trip to the Upper D
6. Fish the salt with the fly
7. Enjoy as much fishing with good friends as possible.
Of those I only did not accomplish one. It was number six and I came close to it three weeks ago. I planned on making the drive to the NJ coast, but a bad storm canceled it. O well, next year.
#1 I had no problem accomplishing.
#2 I accomplished in a way. Most people think of the three major Central PA streams as; Penns, Spring, and Little J. I fished Spring and that was it. However, I did fish the Letort and Falling Springs. They are in Central PA and they are major streams. They are just not in State college area. I will be clearer for my 2012 resolutions.
#3 I landed a salmon and a steelhead easily over 20 inches. Again, I was not real clear on my goal.
#4 I fished Blue Quills and Isonichias. I probably fished more, but did not realize it
#5 I fished the Upper D three times and caught my largest wild brown up there.
#6 Obviously not
#7 I do this on a regular basis
This year for 2012 I am going to be a little clearer in my goals
#1 Catch a 20 inch trout on the Upper D, it can be a rainbow or brown
#2 Catch a Letort brown trout. Very elusive for me.
#3 Fish a stream not in Pa, Ny, or NJ
#4 Catch a NY steelhead. I have caught Erie chrome, but not Ny.
#5 Tie an Intruder pattern
#6 Fish Penns and Little J
#7 Land a wild bow over 15 inches. I could accomplish this goal and #1 together.
#8 FISH THE SALT WITH THE FLY
#9 Like last year....Enjoy as much time on the water with friends and my children as possible.
I look at my list and see I have nine resolutions for this year. Can one of you guys think of one for me?