The Black Hole of Fly Fishing

Here’s a fishing blog for your enjoyment and my sanity.

I started fly fishing in 2014. In fly fisherman’s years that makes me but little more than a wee baby. I don’t have any claim to expertise, though even in that short time I’ve become a much better fisher person.  But this blog isn’t going to be instructional by intent; there are plenty of other sites, blogs, and podcasts that can show you what to do and how to do it.

What this blog is about is for me to have an outlet for all the fishing that is going on inside my head, all the time.  I spend as much time as I can on the water, floating or wading.  During the winter months, as now, that’s three times a week if I’m really lucky, once every couple if I’m not. The rest of the time I’m taking care of the basics: working, taking care of kids, staying married. And reading water levels at the USGS website.  And listening to fly fishing podcasts. And reading fly fishing blogs. And tying flies.

You would think that would be enough.  But I find myself in the evenings already knowing the water temperature and levels of my go-to rivers, and having listened to Tom Rosenbauer’s latest podcast, and having read Jay Nicholas’ latest post on the Caddis Fly website, having tied 4 or 5 of the latest fly I’m interested in, and talked with my best fishing buddy about upcoming plans to hit the North Umpqua or float the McKenzie… and it’s still not enough.  My wife and children, as much as they love me, don’t care to look at the latest video I took of the river I stood in waist deep at sunset the day before.  They don’t want to see the picture of the 18″ rainbow I caught and released. So I’m going to put all that stuff here, and we’ll see if it can fill the void.

I suppose that it is possible, as with other fishing related activities I engage in, that it will just make me want to fish even more. Boy, would that be terrible.