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Headlong Into Winter

Even though winter’s brutal grip is tightening, there is hope in the hearts of anglers. On December 21 at 23:38 (that’s 6:38pm ET) our little blue orb begins tilting back toward the sun. Though it only lasts for a flash in time, the winter solstice marks the return of the light. We also, apparently for the first time in like 372 years, will experience a total lunar eclipse coinciding with the solstice. Go outside at around 1:30am and look up. Wish I was in bonefish country for this.

As we plunge headlong into winter, many of us in the northern latitudes are looking into our rearview lamenting our fishing season as it recedes. Here in lovely Connecticut there are still some striped bass around and of course trout are available all year.  Sea run brown trout seem like a great way to waste time. I will chew on a shoe before I’ll go ice fishing (unless there’s a heated cabin, beer and burgers).

Most of us are settling into our winter routines and trying to tackle projects fallen by the wayside. Some of you are tying bonefish flies for trips you may be taking (real or imagined). Fly rods and reels get cleaned and serviced (unless they’re mine). Fly boxes get replenished. Deer get killed. Maybe you’ll spend some time with the family you’ve been avoiding, who knows?

This is the time for building goodwill in the hearts of wives, girlfriends, children and parents (so you can justify that new stick, wheel or pair of Patagucci Rio Gallegos you’re lusting after). Take a cruise, go to Disney or, if you’re on a budget, maybe just up the road to the indoor water-park at the Holiday Inn.  Bring The Department of Fun Prevention your girl somewhere warm and give it to her (whatever it might be).  If you’re feeling really benevolent, hug a duder.

I’ve been reflecting on the things I’ve seen and done in 2010 with long rod in hand. For example, I bought a sweet water whip last spring, A Stowe Mansfield canoe. It’s so sexy I can’t even stand it.  It’s short n’ wide and perfect for standing and casting. Only 57 pounds, so even a weakling like me can easily port it. And I ported the shit out of that thing this year.  I slid quietly into a bunch of wet places I’ve longed to poach fish.

Saw hundreds of pike spawning in high water, including a 50 inch cow I poked with my tip top. Had a bunch of cinder worm hatches and slurping stripeedos all to myself. Got to cast to and sometimes catch Pickerel, smallmouth, largemouth and the lovely carp. Trouted it in favorite brooks, and went far a field to investigate rumors of brook trout in small places. Was at the right place at the wrong time for every decent little tuna blitz of the fall.

But adventures are waiting up ahead. Look at the coming year’s tide charts, and almanac, being careful to cross reference major hatches, and runs of salmon or steelhead. If possible, plan family outings during times when fishing seems least promising.  That way you can focus without distraction what’s really important (to the other people).


It’s All About The Fish

Hey Fishers,

Welcome to A Perfect Fish Blog.  Seems everyone is blogging about one thing or other. I won’t bombard you with posts on every fish I catch or my opinions on fishing.

No.  The point of this blog is to share with you what’s going on at A Perfect Fish, which is creating images which capture the spirit and culture of what we do: Fishing–The visceral nature of what it is to fish, to be consumed by the hunt, the thrill of the “eat”,  of the hook up, fight and finally to lay hands on a cold blooded quivering work of art.   Then let it go (OK, I like to kill fish and eat them on occasion).

I’m mainly a fly fisherman, but I didn’t start that way, so I don’t judge how you choose to fish.  We fish because it’s fun.  It’s an obsession for some, merely a pastime for others.  I fall into the obsessed category (that’s what my wife tells our marriage counselor).

So, I created A Perfect Fish mainly for myself because I couldn’t find cool fishing shirts (and other stuff like hats & stickers) with style and humor.  There is a deplorable lack of cool apparel for anglers.  Mainly, we are relegated to established apparel brands like Simms, Patagonia, ExO, Orvis(ugh) and others.  Make no mistake, they all make superb technical stuff and some even have cool t-shirts.

Problem is it’s all sorta traditional, cookie cutter old guard fly fishing garb that everyone is wearing. It’s boring.

Going forward, what you’ll see and read here is an effort to go in a slightly different direction. You’ll see what I’m working on:  What inspires me, the art I create, and finally putting it on clothes so you can wear it.

The mantra is:  It’s all about the fish.


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