Gather round, currentseamsers, as we kick off our traditional best-of-year-in-review! These are what I consider to be my most notable moments of 2022. Some of them are about fishing trips; others, my writing; maybe it’s an appearance I made or some kind of recognition. Whatever the reason, it’s a chance for me to take stock of the year and celebrate the good times. And we could all use some extra good times, yes? I’ve linked the original reports if you want to read more. So let’s make our first cast…
#10: The Summer Blizzard in August. This was a monumentally disappointing year for smallmouth bass. The numbers and size just weren’t there, and the drop has been so precipitous, I remain alarmed. But there were a few bright moments, and I can tell you this: the white fly population is in tremendous shape. White flies are a remarkable hatch, as it really doesn’t get going until you can no longer see your fly. But fishing under the hatch at dusk can mean the bass-o-matic, and once night falls, seeing your fly becomes irrelevant. Be advised: white flies will find every opening on your face, so keep your mouth closed. White flies taste really, really bad. Read more.
#9: The World Premier of the Film “Summer on the Farmington.” After many months of shooting and editing — these things take time (and we had a Covid spike that forced a postponement) — what a midwinter treat to gather at Brewery Legitimus in New Hartford to view director Matthew Vinick’s homage to the West Branch. I was delighted with my bits, and as a whole I thought Matthew did an excellent job covering the subject in an informative and entertaining way. Read more.
#8. Currentseams Makes “40 Best Fly Tying Blogs and Websites” List. Sometimes I wonder if all the work is worth it. Are people actually reading — and, most of all, enjoying — what I’m doing here? Certainly it’s a labor of love (I don’t get paid for any of this), and while I do occasionally get positive feedback from you, it’s nice to be recognized by an outside source. I’ll try to get even more quality fly tying stuff out for you in 2023. Read more.
Summer on the Farmington. How do I get to see that especially now that we are in the midst of December 😦 ??
I literally just got off the phone with Matthew and he’s trying to arrange another showing this winter. There are no immediate plans for a DVD or streaming although those have not been ruled out for some future date. When something happens I’ll certainly let everyone know on currentseams.
Great minds think alike…
Danish sea trout flies such as the Magnus, Frede, and The White I’ve used successfully for stripers…remind me of your grass shrimp solution. I’d bet a tan version of the Frances Atlantic Salmon fly would do nicely as well. Happy Holidays and tightest of lines!
Thanks, Frank. Matching size, color, and profile is usually a good place to start.
Steve – I hope you and your Family have a wonderful , healthy 2023 !!
I will raise a glass to that!