The Flyfisherous outlook and agenda for 2018.
We’re heading swiftly into 2018 because as they say, time waits for no man. On that note, I wanted to drop a quick post to document my plans for 2018, and let you know what you might see, or you may not.
I’ve never been really good at sticking to agendas. Hell, I’ve never really even been good at making them. But something just feels different this time. Life has changed a lot over the last 3 months and I feel like 2018 is going to be a fantastic fucking year. So here we go, let’s do it.
1. Updated website
The ol’ blog here is probably getting a refresh really soon. I’m using an older WP theme that A) was 100% free and B) has never gotten updated that I am aware of. Since I’m a developer/tech nerd kinda guy in my daily life, I’ve always maintained the theme myself. I’m not really interested in doing that anymore, so I really need to switch off this platform and get onto something a little better.
So look for a possible refresh here soon; it is much needed.
2. Complete refresh on flies
I’ve emptied every single fly box I own and I’ve decided to start 100% fresh with my flies. I’ve needed a reason to get more motivated to tie flies, and this is it. If I want to fish, I need flies. In order to have flies, I have to tie them. See where this is going?
I haven’t tied nearly as much as I’d like, and this will push me back in that direction. It will also allow me to finally try out some new materials and tie some new patterns that I’ve wanted to try out. I need to knock the rust off, and know that I have like 12 boxes that are totally empty, I’ve got plenty to tie.
3. More fishing, more outdoor time
I figured out that if I want to fish more, and spend more time in the outdoors, I have to make the time to do it. A lot of my daily life has had to change in order to make that happen, but I’ve made those changes and know it’s time to reap the benefits. Nobody has enough time, I get it. We’re all in the rat race, and we’re always trying to constantly fix it. Here’s to hoping I can fix it and stick with it.
So, the goal is to fish more, and when I can’t, at least get out and do some hiking/exploring/daytripping to clear the head and get right.
4. More community involvement
I’ve been saying for years that I’m going to make videos, share more photos, release a podcast, organize fly tying nights, yada yada. It’s never happened. Mainly because I always find some excuse for it not to, but also because life just always seemed to get in the way (see 3 above).
2018 is really, really going to be the year that I release some videos, launch the podcast, do some gear reviews and do some regular vlogs. I’ve talked about the shit long enough so it’s time to actually put up or shut up.
The fly fishing community is made up of some pretty awesome people. It’s largely why I got involved to begin with. I want to put forth more effort to meet new people, engage more with fellow anglers and help highlight just how awesome this community really is.
5. Better conservation efforts
I’ll admit that I haven’t been nearly as stringent on my conservation efforts as I should have been lately. I need to do better, and I plan on doing just that. The fact is, we have to protect and take better care of the resources we have in order to save those for others to enjoy. Conservation is huge part of fly fishing, and the planet in general, and it’s up to us to make sure it’s preserved.
I want to do more. I want to feature others doing more. I want to spotlight efforts while also putting more effort in myself. I want to contribute to causes that are important to me. 2018 is the year that I plan to do just that.
So how about you? As we head into the new year, do you have an agenda you’re hoping to stick to? Drop me a comment below and let me know! As always, thanks for stopping by.