2016, what a year, huh?!? Many are glad to see it go. Others are wishing it could hang around just a little longer. I won’t even get started on the social/political happenings of the year. Instead, I’ll simply post up a quick recap of my 2016 in terms of fly fishing.
As I do each year, I set out with a specific set of goals that I try to accomplish throughout the year. I believe that goals are important. When you have goals, things get done. And while you may not reach the specific goals you set, just trying to get there can be both rewarding and productive.
23 fishing trips, 112 fish to net.
I must say that 2016 was my least productive year fly fishing. I just could not get out like I wanted, and when I did, it was short trips with little time to spare. I ended up fishing a total of 23 times throughout 2016.
My main goal in 2016 was to become a better nymph fisherman. And while I think I can say I accomplished this goal, the bar was so low that I’m not sure it even counts. Nonetheless, I ended up catching several really nice trout under an indicator this year, and I got much better acquainted with the dry/dropper technique. I still have a ton to learn about nymphing, and I’ve added it to the list for 2017.
I didn’t fish any new waters in 2016. This year was learning more about my usual spots and the differences between seasons and conditions. I’ll check that off too, as I was able to learn some important things this year about reading water and weather conditions in relation to trout.
274 total flies tied in 2016.
2016 was a great fly tying year for me. I didn’t get to tie as much as I wanted, but who does? I learned more in this single year than my previous few combined. I wanted to focus on consistency, which I did, and it paid off.
Being able to sit down at the vise and consistently crank out dozens of the same fly is important. That was the goal in 2016 and I hit it. I selected a couple of patterns that I loved and worked on tying them consistently. The end result was better flies, along with learning some really good techniques that can apply across many other patterns.
I also learned some important lessons about tying materials, notably good hair and hooks. It’s amazing what a difference good materials can make.
80 total posts in 2016.
I went into 2016 with the goal of producing much better content here on the blog. I wanted more personal writing, and less regurgitation of other news and happenings. I’m happy to say that this goal was met, if my Journal pieces are any indication.
It’s easy to just post up something you find on 12 other blogs out there, and there are countless blogs that do it everyday. I wish more of us in the fly fishing community would take the time to write better stuff about fly fishing experiences and the like, instead of just posting up another video or the latest e-zine to hit the internet.
For 2017, I’m looking to add even more than I did in 2016. I also want to focus more on writing about fly tying and sharing the work of great people out there.
Look for a few posts coming soon on some other plans for 2017. I’m excited for it, and hope you’ll come along for the ride. I believe it’s going to be a great year in terms of fly fishing.
So how was your 2016? Feel free to drop me a quick note down in the comments. In the meantime, let’s roll into 2017 and kick some ass.