I don’t remember when I started doing it, but at some point I got into the habit of fishing a small stream on New Year’s Eve day. There’s a lot I like about it, not the least of which is tradition. But to end the fishing year on a small stream seems romantic, poetic, and just generally good for the soul. It’s arguably fly fishing at its most innocent. Not every year has worked out — youth hockey tournaments have been a primary culprit — but I’ve managed to do it quite a bit.
This year I took a fishing buddy, Toby Lapinski. We hauled out into the deep, dark woods on a day that had no right to be the last few hours of December. We did a brisk brookie business (say that three times fast!) once we figured out where they were willing to eat. Add a celebratory pre-New Year’s cigar, and we sent 2021 off in fine form. Don’t forget to get your 2022 license!
what kind of boot does he have on?
The brand is Korkers. I’m not sure which model.
Those are Korkers River Ops with Triple Threat Carbide Spoke soles. I have been very happy with them and did some testing with a pair that features a BOA lace system this year as well. Both styles held up extremely well in the salt.
Thank you for the information!
It’s good to see you end your year on a small stream. And I would have been fishing bombers and soft hackles. The best to you in 2022
And to you, good sir. I fought the good bushy dry fight — make ’em come up! — but they weren’t having it. So it goes.