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There is a lot to process after three weeks in India. But the most important part was returning home…

A friend of mine asked me what I was looking forward to the most about my trip to India in the days before I left. She was mad when I told her I looked forward to coming home the most. She didn’t believe me; and thought I was putting her on with a cheap answer.

I was right. It was the best part.

First was seeing my wife and daughter outside security. I dreamed about for days leading up to the flight home. And every moment of that embrace lived up to my expectations.

And then some.

Next was returning to my home waters. I often say that fishing is about more then just the fish. Most people must think I am full of crap; and that’s okay. They are correct in the fact that if I didn’t ever catch fish, I wouldn’t go fishing. The first strike of a fish and the feeling as they slip through my fingers and back into the water are the two most electrifying moments of fishing.

They will never get old.

But being on the water gives me a chance to do some silent soul searching. I have learned just as much about myself on the water then I have in years leading back up to my rediscovery of the sport.

Three weeks in India were emotional and eye opening.

So was watching the sunrise over the cottonwoods and water on my first morning back.
Even though my home water is not exotic, and the places around well known to my body, I still find out something about myself every trip.

And return home to my wife and daughter every night.

I was even rewarded with a new fish on the fly after three weeks away… A black bullhead.
Not that they are hard to catch, but I had never caught one on a fly before.

You can travel around the world and learn a lot about yourself.

I did.

But if you pay close enough attention, you can learn just as much in your own backyard… Coming home helps you to appreciate those moments that much more.

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The ice melted away…
And the first fish landed…
Like a phoenix, Flies Over rises again.
Open water 2014.

Happy fishing.

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Late Season Crappie!!!


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More fun with deer hair…

When my wife calls it gross, it think that is a pretty sign it will interest a big old bass!

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In case you missed, Nebraska has started it’s fall 2013 trout stocking schedule

Which means I have been out chasing my favorite fish, above and by far: the Rainbow Trout.

There isn’t a prettier fish around. Or one that is more fun to chase.

I have all sorts of things to say about chasing trout over the last week. But one experience takes the cake. One night this last week, Little E tagged along with me to catch a trout. She knows full well that the Rainbows are daddy’s favorite. And daddy desperately wanted to catch her one so she could hold one in her hands. Hopefully holding one would inspire a lifetime of awe in her, just as it had for me.

Well, they call it fishing for a reason. I got skunked.

Little E spent her time picking cattails to take home to mommy. Right toward sundown, when we were getting ready to call it a night, she pulled on my pant legs and asked if she could cast. I had my tenkara rod with me, and figured why not…

I had been messing around with a dry fly, as I had gotten a few pecks at it, but no takes. I didn’t think anything of the fly choice at the time; I just wanted her to cast the rod. So she began flinging the rod around. Her “cast” (using the word loosely) was pretty funny.

I was working with her to pick the line up, cast it, then count to five; to give the fish a chance to bite. An important skill for down the road I thought…

I thought…

When she went to pick up the line for a cast, she belted out “Daddy! I got a shishy!!!”

And sure enough, she did.

She pulled the rod back, almost instinctively. All I had to do was grab the line and flop it up on shore.

She was so excite… just look at that smile.

She even put it back in the water herself…

And then she wanted to keep going. And two or three casts later, up came another one…

That’s my girl!

Somehow, even the days I get skunked somehow turn out being pretty memorable

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It’s that time of year again, when my November Birthday and Christmas create the need for me to make a list of gift ideas for me. I think this list could apply to other fly anglers; but specifically, this is what you can get for me. For my friends and family, if you do get me something off this list then you might want to let my wife know so we can avoid duplicate gifts… (although I will take multiple trips to Kamchatka!)

Here is a Birthday/Xmas list…

This Boat
-A waterproof camera
-A Full Sized Coffee Maker for my office, since “Goose” is dying… Thank you to my wife and Little E for this for my B-Day!
-Magazine subscriptions to In-Fisherman, Nebraskaland, American Angler, Fly Rod and Reel, or the online magazine The Catch
-A Classy Red Sox Shirt (one that just says “Boston” or “Red Sox” without any other garbage on it)
-Fly tying desk organziers… This or This
-The Huskers To Win The B1G
An Ice Fishing Flasher
Gift Cards To Cabela’s to help me pay for the Fly Rod I am saving for
-New Husker Sweatshirts are always appreciated
-A box of Oreo cookies
-I need cologne
A guided fly fishing trip to Kamchatka
Big, Nice Fly Boxes, preferable waterproof…
-Summer Fishing Clothing… the non-cotton type that is super-fast drying… Long sleeve T’s preferred to avoid sunburns
-Winter Fishing Clothing… base layers, coats, especially pants… things to keep me warm while ice fishing
-Pretty much any ice fishing gear

Get to shopping and let’s make this my best birthday/xmas yet!!!

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