Drum roll, please...
In looking back over the year, we wanted to throw out some of our most memorable moments, fish and patterns -- both the good and the bad. We're also stoked to be a part of some exciting things for the coming year, so stay tuned for some announcements in the next few days!
In the meantime, here's the list....
Worst (not much was "bad" this year, but you gotta know the bitter to appreciate the sweet).
- Socks aren't necessarily made to be good toilet paper. Nature yelled hard when Cheech had to make a quick and urgent run to the rustic 1920's era outhouse on a remote lake to get rid of three days of gut-busting convenience store and camp food. As he emerged from the woods, a greatly relieved man, he lifted his pant leg and asked "Hmmm...where's my sock?". Lucky for him, there was a nearby campsite that had some extra man-sized wet wipes so he could finish the job.
- Wader Farts. The. End.
- Fly eating, rod-breaking trees. We broke a few rods this year, but Cheech, as usual, did it in the most spectacular fashion, yanking a two-dollar fly out of a tree, breaking his $600 rod in the process.
- Fishing for Musky in a river of chocolate flowing into Willie Wonka's chocolate factory.
- Hiking to a "secluded" lake full of enormous trout, only to be run off by a huge pack of venomous scouts.
- The response and support from all you that read our stuff and watch our videos. We throw some crazy stuff out there and it's nice to see people digest and appreciate it. We have a lot more to come, so stay tuned!
- Streamer Fish. We fished a lot of new streamers this year and had a ball pulling out some nice fish from some really awesome and varied waters. Check out here, here and here
Hungry Splake that chased down a big streamer A cutthroat stuffing his face with a Cheech Leech Honey Badger Don't Care.
- Some incredible Salmon Fly Fishing. We lucked into some of the better salmon fly action we've seen in years. Big dry flies and aggressive fish! Read more here.
Peekaboo, Mr. Pteronarcys Californi
|Mouthful, a Salmon Fly pattern inhaled by a brown trout|
|Bluegill taken on a white popper|
|The Foam Dragon, Bluegill Fly pattern|
|Colorful Brook Trout taken on the Chimera pattern|
|High Mountain Cutthroat who has a taste for Damsel adults|
|Colorful cutthroat taken from a very small remote stream|
|A beautiful splake taken on a cold mountain lake|
|Dry fly action with cutts on a high elevation lake|
Thanks again for being part of Fly Fish Food in 2013. This next year will have a lot more in store...