Yet another year has slipped away and left me with the feeling that so much remains undone.
It’s not that I did not accomplish what I wanted in 2013. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s been a great year. I set some very high goals for myself and not only met them but found some unexpected opportunities along the way. The adventure Kent and I took with BF Goodrich comes to mind. I would never have thought to set that as a goal but it ranks high in my list of accomplishments.
Still, with an embarrassment of riches In the “done column,” there are a great many things I feel I have missed out on. For example, when my Christmas fishing plans got rained out, I realized that I spent not one day of 2013 fishing with my brother. That’s just not right. I traveled to some amazing places and had some epic days of fishing but I didn’t explore one new stream here at home. How is that possible?
Have I become too focused on my goals to see the treasure at my feet?
With this in mind I have decided to make a list of fly fishing New Years Resolutions for 2014.
1) Spend more time fishing with the people I love. My oldest friends and fishing buddies. My family. The people who feed my soul and remind me of who I am. The folks I have learned from, on and off the water. This list includes my brother, the man who taught me to make bamboo rods, some old friends who have just found their way to fly fishing and my wife, who hates to fish and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming.
2) Find new water to love, right here at home. I’m not proud of it, but I have come to have some bad feelings about the state of trout fishing in the southeast. Not without reason. We have profound problems and the future of trout fishing in GA is questionable. I need to get past these feelings by finding some new places that remind me of the things I love about my home water. It will likely involve sore feet and small fish but it will be worth it.
3) Spend some days fishing without the camera. I have a bad habit of turning the things I love into work. I’m blessed to have work that I love but I do deserve a day off. I need to get past the idea that if I leave the camera at home, something magical will happen and take some days to just enjoy fishing. Come to think of it, that might just constitute ‘something magical.’
4) Spend some days alone in the woods. Lately, I find myself dreaming of being alone in the woods. To some people that image might be distressing but for me it’s very peaceful. I find a quiet perspective when I am on my own in nature that grounds me like nothing else. I cannot think of a day this past year when I finished alone. I’m due.
5) Catch some new species. I don’t have anything specific in mind. I just want to do something new. Get to know some fish I’ve never caught before. See what they can teach me about fly fishing.
6) Do some warm water fly fishing. I live in the south for crying out loud! I really should spend more time on the great warm water fishing we have here. Would it kill me to catch a bass once in a while?
There it is. A simple list that I hope will make 2014 my best fly fishing season ever. Somewhere in there I should find time to ride my bike, lose some weight, finish renovating my kitchen and do some serious writing. It looks like 2014 is going to be busy.
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