2013 has had it's ups and downs when it came to fly fishing on this end. We managed a couple of really fun trips this season. For the most part between a couple of mild heart attacks in early spring that required having some new stents set, then a slow summer resting up from those little episodes, followed by and early fall of heavy flooding on our rivers and a period in the late fall where the Docs decided they wanted to go back in a re-do and revise some of the older work they had done on my ticker back in the 90's... I think I've spent more time in the damn hospital than I have on the water. Then again, it's now pushing into the 1st week of November, all the medical issues are behind me and I'm actually feeling better than I have in five or six years.
Having given it a great deal of thought, I think the old man is going to prop his feet up for the winter, spend a little time at the tying bench as Lord knows I didn't loose many bugs this season and just play with new patterns as the winter passes. Our snow line is dropping lower and lower with each passing storm front and this winter is beginning to look like we might have a good snow pack year. It will be of great benefit if we see s normal winter leading into a normal runoff for next season. Even the floods that devastated the rivers this fall had some positive impact as the Poudre River that had been so hard hit from the sludge that flushed into the lower river sections after the earlier fires in that area was swept clean with the insane rains and flooding of the fall and that is a big step in seeing that old river be given the chance to breath and come back to life. As always Mother Nature finds a way!
On my end.... I think patience and a little preparation for the coming season will go a long way towards making what has been a pretty strange fishing season in 2013 a dim memory by the time spring rolls around. For now I believe it's time to just set back, get a log in the fire place, roll a few new bugs out of the vise and maybe enjoy a good bourbon while watching the snow flakes fall.