Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat...me too. Trying to stay physically active is hard with 3 feet of snow on the ground and this weeks low of -20 degrees below zero. I just can't get off the couch for an outdoor adventure. The trout do very little this time of year, kinda like the Detroit Lions. My two boys are home from college and their Christmas gifts I already have...Federal Reserve Notes. The river accesses are dwindling due to snow bound secondary roads. Can cabin fever be just around the corner?
The nice thing about after the holiday season is the fly fishing equipment goes on sale in January. That special reel I have been dreaming about will be come tantalizingly affordable. Patience is a virtue. Fly fishing used to be an expensive sport. Not so any more. Golf, skiing, even a hunting rifle cost more than a fly fishing outfit. Years ago when I worked for Orvis a good set of waders was $ 250.00, a rod $ 225.00, reel $ 200.00. Even floating lines were $ 65.00. That has all changed. On a bet, I believe I could get a fly on the water for under $250.00 (quality may need to be ignored). That is less than a season ski pass or a tee time at one of the exclusive golf courses in my area. Heck, my senior fishing license is only $6. The gas to drive to a river cost more. The rewards are many. A quiet day on a stream is indescribable. Fishing alone or with a friend, I assume no one fishes with their worst enemy, gives me the strength to face the world. So for those who aren't religious, or have suspicions of an existence of Santa Claus, bide your time. Take back that bulky knit sweater with Santa Clauses face incorporated on the front. Start your fly fishing adventure.
You have always wanted to fly fish...see you on a river in 2014.
Sweet Is The Lore That Nature Brings