Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Back on 2013

As you might imagine, I am still confused, but this time it's about what to post that you all might find interesting from the past year in the life of Caddis Chronicles .  I have no illusions that rehashing the highlights and low lights of the past year may be less than a thrill for the readers, but what the hell, it was a good year to be present on this big blue orb circling the sun - isn't every year?

January 1, 2013 - Took over a dozen fish on the South Branch, here's the first. 

We met Doug Freemann, at the winter fly fishing shows.   Great kid, passionate, thoughtful and one hell of a fly fisherman and fly tier at 15.  He made the US Youth Fly Fishing Team in 2013.   
We had an April to remember, great fishing and the transition from winter to Spring was a good as it gets. 

In May we continued to fish over good hatches, enjoy great weather, and then one day Nature decided to crash the party - literally - one minute we were fishing to rising trout, the next minute we were running to the car in a deluge of water, lightening and bone rattling thunder. That didn't stop me from getting this shot as I made my way through the woods.    

In May we took the largest wild brown trout we have ever taken on a dry fly East of the Mississippi.  Look at the tail on this one!

Doug caught this wonderful brown out in PA on a limestone creek - one of the prettiest fish of the year.

We fished the creeks out near State College in June and July.  The fishing and the company was great. 

In July we took a break and spent a week in the Turks and Caicos with a bunch of friends.

August we flew to Idaho with Bruce to visit his son JB, and fished hard all day from early morning to sundown on the Henry's Fork and the Madison.  Nothing like sunset on the HF.  

A morning on the Madison, the smoke from the fires didn't dampen anything but the sun.

In October, we spent a weekend in Roscoe fishing the Beaverkill and tying flies.  Doug and his friends, Alex and Bryson, fished in the Troutfest competition.

Autumn brought low water and difficult conditions, but we persisted and did fairly well.

We tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium with Douglas and the rest of our friends, and had a great time.  Here's Doug talking to Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions about how he sets up his leader for nymphing,; something he has become quite successful at.   

December fished well, we even got a few on dries, so we managed to take fish on dries in every month of the year.

It is tough to figure out what photos to post and what to say at the end of the year that might capture the essence of what was a wonderful year for many, many reasons, most of them having little to do with the fishing and more to do with those we fished and spent time with.  
Happy New Year and all the best to you all in 2014. 
Thank you all for following Caddis Chronicles.  See you next year.
Matt  ><)))))'>

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