December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolutions - A Look Back at 2011

New Year's Resolutions.  It's the fashionable thing to do.

However before I throw down some amazingly in-achievable new goals for 2012, let's first review the musty old ones - so humor my vanity as we take a step down memory lane...

#1.  Fish New (or Different) Water
I'll give myself at least half point for this one.  I did fish the Little Lehigh for the first time (is it still fishing if you don't catch?), as well as Factory Brook & the West Branch of the Tioughnioga River in central New York state.  Spurky also ran me around Lebanon County a few times.  Like this time & this time.  So yes, I fished some new (to me) water, but still feel like I fell back on ol' reliable (Valley) a bit too often.

A central New York brown

#2.  Lose a Few More Pounds
That would be a big fat negative!  I think I gained 5.  I probably should have written down my starting weight to be sure, but I'm not where I want to be.  But those P90X DVDs sure do look cool on the bookshelf.  This will carry over for 2012.

Damn you Tony Horton

#3.  Stop & Smell The Flowers
I did intentionally take more vacation days than I did in 2010 and prior years.  I've been at my place of employment for 12 years, so I get 25 PTO days and I always end up leaving at least 10 on the table each year.  So we did a lot of long weekend type trips this year.

We went to Disneyworld, Ocean City (Maryland), Sanibel Island, Washington D.C., New York State, and then the end of year road trip we're on now, but work still kicked my butt, especially in the back half of the year.  There is unfortunately no "off switch" when you work in e-commerce and are outfitted with a company provided even when you're on vacation, you're not really on vacation.

I know, cry me a river...I am aware I'm very fortunate as things could be much, much worse.

Remember when weekends were weekends?

#4.  Meet Some of You Folks Face-to-Face
I scored here.  I met & fished with Matt from Functioning Fishaholics and Mike from Dub The Thorax.  I also was lucky enough to meet Gaeron from My Life on the Fly & Ulf Hagstrom from The Way of the /:Fly:/ at a fly tying show...and missed out meeting Lou from Fly & Fin at the same show by about an hour.  That will be remedied in 2012.  Anyway, that's four more than I had met at this point last year.  I was hoping to knock this one out of the park big time by attending an OBN Rendezvous, but...well...we all know how that story ended.

I could also mention the fact I was able to "meet" a few fortunate souls in a sort of creepy face-to-face video chat on Google+...but that really doesn't count.

The good news is I made a ton more fishing and outdoor minded friends online, so that makes my odds of running into more people in 2012 all the better.

From Left:  Dub's elbow, fly tying light, yours truly, a bald spot, Func, and a backpack - photo credit Ulf

#5.  Give Back
Simply put, my ideas never got off the ground.  This one was a big fat, FAIL.  I still contributed in the charitable form, TU, National Parks, Sierra Club, all that stuff, but not really in the personal way I wanted to.  This resolution will carry over to 2012.

I picked up trash at a creek cleanup.  Not exactly what I had in mind.

So that was 2011.  What's in store for 2012?

To be continued....


  1. If you would have been in Phenix City one week later I could have shown you some terrible fishing spots. I could have also showed you the spot that carp officially redefined what it means to be a pain in the ass.

  2. #4...Dub's elbow...Priceless! I'm guessing that I was one of the "fortunate" souls...sort of. : ) #5 Absolutely try again...

  3. Don't be to hard on yourself it will just weigh you down. Put up a specific main goal and reward yourself when you are progressing towards it. Nice looking trout by the way.
    Have fun,

  4. Forgot to mention that the "brownie" is very beautiful. I have this special thing about brown trout especially when they get the golden belly. Just beautiful!
    Have fun.

  5. I like that brown as well and I also like the part about giving back. Good luck in 2012

  6. That is one healthy brown. Stick to it.

    Happy New Year

  7. You did better than I did. This year I only have one resolution and that is to catch a fish big enough to honor that Troutrageous t-shirt you sent. Actually the 4lb 15oz one probably would have done it, but I forgot to take a picture. Guess I'll just have to catch another. Happy New Year to You, KC, and Lilly.


  8. It has been my pleasure to follow along on your blog for another great year, and, I expect that 2012 will be even better. By the way, proud to be a Troutrageous T-shirt wearer also. Especially, if that means I get to catch a big fish while wearing it.

  9. Mike, thanks for the good times on the tour of Valley Creek and the fly tying show. 2012 is going to be an amazing year.

  10. Well you should add more time guiding,and of course there is alot more waters round here for you to try your skill on!

  11. New Years Resolutions - I don't think so...

    I gave up on new years resolution a few decades ago but I looked at yours and you have a few things that I have as goals.

    More vacation time is one. I see you and your family were at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando. We have been there a couple of times and had a great time.

    Now that our son is all grown up Jenny and I need to take vacations alone and for longer. Maybe like going south from Canada's east coast to somewhere south and warm with lots of fish.

    The two years for me was going to new place to fish. I have a fishing buddy Casey. He has taken me to atleast 5 new smallmouth bass, pickerel and muskie locations. My best year of fishing in a long while.

    I had a heart attack that stopped my life for 4 years, so glad to still be around, so I stop to smell the roses. I even started home gardening.

    It's a great stress reliever. Now I talk long walks and actually stop to smell the flowers and I take pictures for my home gardening blog.

    Too bad it took nearly dying to slow down.

    So glad you give back. I can't stand seeing garbage lying around the fishing placing I go to. We always try to carry something out we didn't put there.

    I see you have a nice brown trout in that image. I only discovered we have brown trout here in New Brunswick and they are only a half hour away from my home. So cool.

    You were...and I didn't even mention the technical difficulties involved.

  13. @The Jassid Man
    Thanks for the advice and compliment. That was a special brownie.

  14. @Shoreman
    Forget the fish. Shoreman, the Float Tube Cumberland, and a T! shirt, that's what I want to see. :)

  15. @Funcfish
    Agreed. Can't wait for you to take me bass fishing *hint, hint*

  16. @Home Gardening Mann
    Thanks for stopping by HGM, I really appreciate your comments.