One thing is the little man and his impact on the blog. Actually got him out to some water a few weeks ago. My girlfriend and him and a nice breakfast picnic by the lake in a nearby forest preserve as I stalked fish with my 5wt. It was great to get him outdoors and close to nature. He reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger. I was always interested in animals and bugs and so is he. I do not know any kids as young as him that clicks his tongue to call squirrels to the window and the bad part is, he gets one to come almost everyday. I was able to bring a bluegill over to him for inspection. He was not sure what to do until it flopped into the air. His hand went straight for it, giving it a nice pat down. It was great to see him not hesitate. The picture below is him on his way to me as I stalk some bass swimming in the shallows. (Lee takes amazing photos.)
Below is just another amazing picture by Lee of me crouching as a I was trying to get my popper over a bass pushing 2lbs.
The next item will be a near future change. I have contemplated the idea of going commercial as a tyer for the past six months. My thought was never to actually make a living of it, but maybe make enough to cover my expenses for my own flies. NT told me to go commercial last week so he can purchase some pike flies I tie. He has been doing a great job in Ohio nailing pike, most coming on my variation of The Afton Anglers Hangtime. I do not have a name for mine yet but as soon as I do I will be post it. I decided to send him a package this week that contains the two flies pictured below. The top one is my Hangtime variation while the bottom fly is a tandem popsicle fly variation. He is going to be my product tester for these flies.
With summer here, I look to get out more, especially for a weekly wade working a small stretch of the DuPage River that is close to my house. The stretch holds a good amount of carp and I would love to purposely catch on a home tied backstabber fly. This weekend is looking more open then weekends past so I might be able to get out for a few hours one morning. Hopefully the kid and his molars that are coming in will cooperate. I would feel a little guilty leaving the house at 5 am to fish while the baby is crying.
With the commercial idea floating around, it seems I might be forced to blog more. This is great news since I will have some news related to fishing and I really do enjoy writing.
Hopefully a fishing report will be in my future and hopefully it involves actual fish being caught.