Well, since I’m starting this blog over completely from square 1, I may as well start over from the beginning and give you a little info on my story.
I originally started this blog back in late 2010 and it got hacked around May of 2012. I’ve certainly learned from that experience, especially since I cannot find my database backups, meaning that I’ve lost some 450 posts that used to reside here. Nonetheless, it’s a fresh start and one that might actually be a good thing, as the blog was a complete mess and really needed some attention anyway.
So, with that said, I know this blog looks a little bare. All I can do now is start over and hopefully reconnect with a lot of you out there that were kind enough to lend me a few minutes each day or week to check out what I had to say.
I’ve been fishing all my life. From the earliest days that I can remember, my dad and I were on the banks of the lake or ponds wetting hooks and killing worms. Fishing is something that I have always loved, even when life got too crazy to actually do it.
For many years, I was heavily into bass fishing. So much so that I was fishing local tournaments and whatnot and bass fishing had almost completely taken over my life. Somewhere along the way, I had had enough and got completely fed up with bass fishing. Not so much the act of fishing, but more the industry as a whole. The routine, the $30,000 bass boat, the $400 rods, the new baits I had to have every week, the latest reel that was killing them; all the jazz that has become serious bass fishing these days.
I wanted to keep fishing, but I needed something different.
I wanted to slow down and enjoy fishing again. I wanted the peacefulness that fishing brought to me when I was a kid. I wanted to get out, enjoy the outdoors and just get away from everything that everyday life brought on.
With those feelings in mind, I set out to find what would bring that back and a good friend of mine mentioned that I should try fly fishing.
In the summer of 2010, I went fly fishing for the first time with absolutely no clue what I was doing. I borrowed some gear from my buddy and he got me setup and we hit the river. He walked me through some basics of casting and off I went. I spent about 3 good hours just trying to figure out casting and working on actually getting a fly to float where I actually tried to cast it.
I didn’t catch a fish that day and I missed probably 10 simply because I couldn’t get the hook set quick enough. Fly fishing was so much different than anything I was used to and I knew I had only scratched the surface that day. But that day, with the help of my buddy, was the day that I realized that I had found the type of fishing that I was searching for.
About 3 days later I ordered my first outfit from Redington and the rest is history. I’ve been slinging flies and learning this great sport ever since and it’s been completely fucking amazing. So amazing that shortly after I got that first outfit, I wanted to document my adventures, so I started the blog you’re reading right now in a previous form.
I’ve met some awesome people through fly fishing and I’ve found a great online community of pretty awesome people that love it just as much as I do. As I rebuild this blog, I hope to reconnect with many of those people and continue to learn this sport and enjoy it as much as they do. It’s a great sport and an amazing community to be a part of.
My wife and I just recently had our first child, who is now 3 months old. I’m looking forward to the day when I can share the adventure of fishing with her, just like my dad did with me. My pops passed away in 2008 and never (that I am aware of) picked up a fly rod. The only thing that could ever possibly make fly fishing better, would be to do it standing beside him on the river. Instead, I’ll continue to look forward to the day that I can do it with my daughter and know that my dad is watching it all go down, proud as ever.
So that’s my story. I appreciate you reading it and hope you’ll stick around as I build this blog back up again. I’d love to hear your story or check out your blog if you have one, so drop me a comment below or get in touch on Twitter.