Monday, December 31, 2012

A New Year and A Name Change

I've decided to change the name of my blog for next year. The new title will be

I'm also going to look more into helpful blog posts. Things that help with fly tying and fishing tactics. I really do like helping people and this blog can be way to help share what has helped me become a better fly fisherman and tier. I am by know means and expert I just think anything that has helped you may also help others. What you think everyone knows about or something that is a tip might not be common knowledge. 

Some of my resolutions next year will be:

Fish with my daughter
 She has shown and interest in fishing and I'm not sure if it's because she saw a Dora fishing pole or she actually wants try it. She has shown an interest in tying too. Mainly because I have been on the vise a lot lately. She helped me tie a egg pattern the other night and did an excellent job. Maybe I can get her to tie all my flies.

Explore more wild streams
I used to think small stream fishing was kind of lame. You drive far, the fish are small and you have to be stealthy. None of these things sound attractive until you actually do it a few times. This last year I found a lost love of hiking. I have always liked hiking and most of these wild streams require it.  The scenery is unbelievable and the fishing is just a bonus. 

A year that kicks bass
  I have yet to really figure the bass out on the local rivers. This year I will really try to take it seriously. Most of the time I just kind of go out try some flies I think will work. If I take it a little more seriously and actually experiment it will benefit me more. I want to figure the largemouth out and the smallmouth in VA. 

Personal Goal
Every year I like to do some kind of goal. Catch a fish a month or catch a certain number of species.  This year I am going to try to become a North Carolina Master Angler. This is done by catching at least six sport fish species that meet certain requirements. The requirements for each species are located here. The challenge for this will not be to catch six fish that meet these requirements but to do it in the same year and on a fly. No artificial scents or live bait will be used.

Tie and use more of my own flies 
I go in and out of phases where I tie a bunch then don't tie for months. I also have a habit of never using the flies I tie because I fear they won't work. I need to get over this and fish them. Many of the flies you think are bad work better than store bought ones that you think are good.


  1. Sounds like a pretty good plan! I got a fly that might help you out with those Bass. I'll be posting it soon.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Bass !! The species that I have to hook into this summer... Happy New Year and many tight lines ahead!