What seems to be the biggest trap in blogging is writing a recap of the year, but its freezing here in NY so it was a good use of time while huddled on the couch.
2017 was a great year for from a fishing perspective, and as I have had some time to reflect on the year there were a couple things that stood out for me.
1 – I fished a lot, I was able to get out pretty frequently starting in February and fished my last day of the year in mid December. I was able to fish several different trout streams in NY and NJ, as well as a lot of saltwater fishing in NJ, and RI. I am very fortunate that my schedule and life afforded that much fishing and I think I made a big improvement in my skills this year.
2 – I have learned to embrace the small streams. Social media is a blessing in some cases because of the exposure it creates and the learning I get from pictures/videos that I follow. But the downside is that it’s hard not to get disappointed when you don’t pull a 25″ rainbow with every cast. This year has been a year where I have tried to enjoy every outing whether I got some small brown trout or even a panfish. Focusing on the process is what makes fishing fun and challenging.
3 – I have increased my fishing IQ and learned a lot. I feel like fishing more than a lot of sports, is one that you have to learn from experience. You can read a ton of books and watch videos and talk to people but if you don’t get out and practice its just not the same. Fly fishing in particular is a sport where minor details and changes may impact your success.
Happy new year everyone, here to a great year of fishing in 2018.