Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Naked and unfamous - warm water fly fishing and fly tying
LOL. What a way to title a post. Listening to Naked and Famous. I kind of get the title. It's like putting your self out there for everyone to see and everyone does see you for what you want them to see. So, I have been putting myself out there and am not famous. There are bloggers out there who have definitely made a career out of blogging. I have to change my blog template back becuase my traffic dropped due to an old school design, lol.
I've been working on articulated flies and some larger streamers for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Usually, I work with foam and simple streamers. I've done OK in the way of landing fish. However, I want bigger fish. I always say that size doesn't matter but in the manner of being spoiled and fishing every weekend, I am looking to broaden my horizon. Obviously, I want bigger fish but that just means I'm bored with the same locations. I want to land a few trout, pull in a bunch of white bass (sandies, whipers, etc.). I want to join the local "bass paddlers" club too.
Recently, I made a decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Unfortunately, I do get bored very quickly. I do a lot of reading, net surfing, follow sports, house chores . . . I have surfed the web to it's ends!! Quite possibly, I am going to land some decent largemouth bass. Why can't I be like the neighbor who fishes from a float tube and lands bass which are then mounted on his wall?? Sure, I may get more outings but I have to break the mold. I have to leave my comfort zone. I mean, isn't that what it's all about, really?? Leaving the worries of the office and family life and absorbing the outdoors. It's about relishing those things which we had once taken for granted. It's a time to reflect, a time to loosen our collars and especially, loosen the bonds of life. If we don't relax, then what's the purpose? We have to try new things. Wasn't that a part of growing up? Experiencing new things in life. Fulfilling our curiosities and the need for that rush of adrenaline or knowing that each day is a new day and you have your whole life ahead of you.
I think we fall into a comfort zone and lose ourselves to the numbiness that is life. We dread to wake up and deal with the realities of life. So, if we don't go out and try new things, what is life worth living?? Why be a couch potato or desk jockey everyday. You'll burn out either way. I'm tired of flipping channels and folding laundry. I was tired of staring at a computer all day and stuffing myself with carbs and coffee.
Me, I'm gonna try and relax a bit more this year. I'm gonna do my best to land a few more larger fish. I'm gonna step out a bit more out of the man cave and out into the light. It's time to realize that I'm even in too much of a comfort zone of my own streams and lakes and flies and habits.
That's why I'm tying larger nastier flies. That's why I'm sharing pics with folks on Instagram and sharing my feelings on this blog. I want folks to know that I can break free. That I can open up out of my shell. That in the big scheme of things, I'm just a nobody trying to not to be famous or popular but only wanting to enjoy life just a little bit more.