2012 was an interesting year.
Let's take a look back at all that has transpired in the last twelve months.
1. In January, I realized that maybe I wasn't the fly fisher head of the household.
2. February, we went looking half-heartedly for extinct woodpeckers and just missed our chance at a new Arkansas state record Largemouth. Turns out the guy who caught it blew his chance too, he didn't have the required license to make his catch legal.
3. In March, I officially relocated the headquarters of the Naturalist's Angle from Memphis to Birmingham.
4. In April, Kelly caught not one, but two big bass. The first was a Largemouth at Smith Lake. The second was an even more impressive Alabama Spotted Bass from the Cahaba River. That fish was "mounted" in a creative new way that didn't involve taxidermy.
5. In May, Kelly caught a really nice Smallie at Cypress Creek and I was beginning to think this would be another solid year of being outfished by a girl.
6. In June, I reported on our time hosting the OBN Fall River Fly Rod, and we were featured in a post on The Fiberglass Manifesto thanks to our penchant for cheap fiberglass fly rods... and snakes.
7. July was a busier and better month for us as far as fishing is concerned. I fixed up some spinnerbaits and a baitcasting rod and reconnected with my old days of fishing conventional tackle. I broke a cheap fly rod which was followed by Kelly and I playing a fishing game. We took our friend Elizabeth to Little River Canyon, and she snorkeled while we fly fished. She also got some nice photos of us that we wouldn't have normally been able to capture. Lastly in July, we had a bass catching battle that we ended up calling a tie.
8. Apparently nothing happened in August... except Kelly's birthday. I hope I remembered to get her a gift.
9. In September, I posted about an old wooden longbow that I brought back to life with a little insight to my thoughts on archery. We also experienced the best ten minute fishing trip ever in September.
10. In October, I wrote about our experience helping two boys injured in an ATV accident. It only reinforced my opinions about ATV safety and young riders. I was also invited to become a new member of the SmithFly Stream Team, and of course I accepted.
11. In November, Kelly and I met up with one of my old Knoxville buddies for a day of fishing the Hiwassee River, and we just happened to see some rare birds on our way there. About a week before Thanksgiving, Kelly's grandfather told us a story that suggested fly fishing is in her blood.
12. December was another delightfully busy month. We began the month with some fun harassing urban bass with ultralight spinning gear. I announced the birth of my new art blog: The Naturalist's Art. I finally got around to posting our "his & hers" review of Redington's Sonic-Pro Zip Front waders. We had another epic day of Christmas fishing... even though the fishing wasn't so hot.
I guess it was an okay year, but I really hope 2013 is a better year for fishing.
I at least hope to get out and enjoy nature more this year. I think it's going to be a good year for snakes if nothing else.
I wish everyone in the blogosphere a Happy New Year and good fishing in 2013.