Frigid weather has prevented me from wetting a line thus far in 2013. I know, it's a travesty, but so far I've not been inspired to take up ice fishing and the local creeks are covered with too much water......in its solid state. This weekend everything may change. Yes, I might actually get out on the water instead of dreaming about it for a change. The list of possibilities is ironically strongly correlated with the list of tailwaters within reasonable day trip distance.
Many of you have not been suffering through the same lack of fishing as I have and have already put in some great days on the water. I'm interested in hearing about your plans for the upcoming year. Notice our new poll to the right and vote on how many days you are planning to fish per year. For the sake of this poll, I'll consider any fishing time as a day meaning that those 30 minutes during your lunch break count.
Also, comment on this post to let me know if you have any awesome fishing trips planned for 2013. I'll probably be jealous when I hear about that incredible New Zealand trip your planning for next month since I'll still be freezing here in Colorado but I would still love to hear your plans.
For me, I'm hoping to head up to Yellowstone in early June. With any luck, the Firehole will be in the middle of prime time, and perhaps the Gibbon and Madison as well. With a bit more luck, I can stay around long enough for the Salmonflies on the Madison but that may be a stretch. Of course, lots of fishing throughout Colorado will help make this an awesome summer. I'll put in plenty of time over on the West Slope as well as closer to home. Finally, rounding out my current plans, spring break 2013 is in Tennessee where I'll be fishing the Quill Gordon and Blue Quill hatches as well as some caddis and stonefly hatches. Best of all, I get to see lots of friends and family that I miss the pleasure of seeing since I now live in Colorado.
And that, my friends, may be the best part of any trip. Sure the time on the water is always great, but it's the people you run into that often make or break a trip. Naturally, a giant brown or two never hurt so please don't misunderstand me, but sitting around a campfire with longtime fishing buddies or perhaps someone you fished with for the first time that day is generally where the lasting trip memories are made. So, here's to trips in 2013! I hope everyone has a banner year!!!