Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's this?

There's been a recent flurry of fishing related activity in the mailbox. The annual Bass Pro fishing catalog came in and so did the Cabela's Fly Fishing catalog. The annual Trout Unlimited solicitation for membership followed as well. I promise I would join if the budget wasn't so tight around here. The limited financial resources also make the arrival of those catalogs something of an annoyance.

Of particular interest was yet another piece of fly fishing mail. Eastern Fly Fishing, the fly fishing magazine I probably enjoy most, has introduced a more regional specific Southeast Edition. I think I may have found a magazine worthy of a subscription. (They've got other regional editions too in case you didn't know.)

I credit Eastern Fly Fishing for introducing Kelly and I to one of our favorite outdoor places. I even wrote an article about it for back when I was still actively producing content there. I admit I'm pretty excited to see an edition of Eastern Fly Fishing more focused on the specific region I call home.

My favorite fish, they must have been thinking of me... but no.

Now for the troubling part...

If you look closely at the photo above, you'll notice the card is addressed to Kelly and not me. After I noticed this, I took a closer look and the TU letter was addressed to her as well.

I don't even know how they got her name, but I think it's official...

I'm no longer the fly fisher-man of the house.

Maybe they've been reading the blog.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Highlights of 2011: "Outfished by a girl" says it all

2011 was Kelly's year.

Let's take a look back at her accomplishments from the past year...

1. In February, Kelly bought the new Subaru Outback "Adventure Wagon." In less than a year, it already has over 30,000 miles on it.

2. In March, she caught a big bass in Florida. Okay, okay... a really big bass. I admit being a little jealous. My personal best fly rod bass is only about 4 lbs.

3. In May, she caught two really nice Yellow Perch on the fly at Cypress Creek. Once again, I admit a little jealousy. Yellow Perch aren't real common in the South, and I've certainly never caught one on a fly. The only one I ever caught was on ultralight spinning gear, and it was nothing to compare with Kelly's impressive duo.

4. In June, Kelly went fishing with her brother Kevin and his family. Shortly thereafter he decided he needed a fly rod.

5. In August, she demonstrated her fishing prowess using a fly I named in a contest on the Fly Fishing & Tying Obsessed blog.

6. Also in August, she outfished us all during our fateful trip to Bear Creek. I couldn't bring myself to write about it until November.

7. She outfished me one last time for 2011 when we went fishing on Christmas Day. It's becoming a tradition... the Christmas fishing that is... hopefully not the "outfishing" part.

I think I have to finally admit the student has surpassed the teacher.

Here are a few other highlights:

1. I discovered a new favorite topwater fly for bass in March.

2. During March, I also wrote a rant of a post about snakes that actually got a little recognition from one of my fellow OBN bloggers. Thanks to all who took the time to read it.

3. In April, we had a slow day of fishing become a stellar day of snaking.

4. In June, I got the opportunity to fish with a fellow OBN blogger.

5. During the same month, I wrote another rant about snakes.

6. I also introduced my nephews to fly fishing in June.

7. Lastly in June, I wrote a piece about my most memorable trout fishing trips and placed 7th in the TU & OBN writing contest. I won a TU cap... and was oh so close to winning a trip to Montana.

8. In July, we took a road trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I finally got to claim my Christmas kayak.

9. In August, I realized that 2011 was my year to find tiny snakes.

10. I also finished building my first fly rod rack in August.

The latter half of the year was pretty unproductive in the way of fly fishing and outdoor adventure. Kelly started graduate school in August, and I started a new job in September. We've both been really busy to say the least. Things are looking up though. I see lots of great fishing (among other things) in the year ahead.

I wish you all a belated Happy New Year, and may all of your outdoor adventures in 2012 be... awesome.

In the words of the legendary Barney Stinson...
"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story."
Yeah... still watching too much HIMYM.