I’ve had a significant case of writer’s block in the gap since my last post. I’ve had scads of images queued up for months in a handful of entries that just haven’t come to fruition. Fish and fishing has come and gone with little more than a few handheld fish shots to bear witness. The truth of the matter is that I hit it pretty hard to finish up the 2015 fall campaign. I was never convinced that I had any stories strong enough spin into a full length feature. But enough of the sad sack apologies, this is a new year with new challenges ahead. Like most of my local brethren, I’m super stoked that Wisconsin has evolved from the dark ages to allow for winter trout fishing. So with that in mind, I’ll unload some of the unpublished bits and pieces to stoke the fire a bit before diving into any winter trip reports. I need to flush this backlog of effluent from the pipes before loading new content into the system.
I’ve got a love/hate relationship with this wintertime habit of mine. Some people don’t want to see a pile of yesterday’s news in one digestible nugget. I guess I choose to peddle my wares on my own terms as opposed to shouting out loud via the usual networks. The social media facade is rampant. It’s a magical place everyone is more happy, more wealthy and leading a charmed life. In the context of fishing this often manifests itself in forums, blogs like this one (guilty as charged) and certainly via Instagram (the world’s largest braggin’ board). Have you noticed that everyone catches more and bigger fish than you do (not to mention we are all industry darlings and angling experts)? It can be a misguided arms race about what’s really unimportant. Have I mentioned that I’ve created the next Banjo Minnow? But once you scratch beneath the surface the glass is actually half-full from a shared experience and DIY standpoint. I sleep well at night, and take solace in the fact that Simms is just dying to get me into their waterproof pants, because I know how to get it done with the long rod. All we are is dust in the wind.