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Old 12-28-2008, 09:44 AM
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Default Re: New Year Hopes and Dreams

I just was listening to one of those year-end shows they do at this time of year -- recapping all the turmoil, war, and bleak economic situations from the year nearly past -- and I realized that I'm thankful for all the simple things that life can bring us -- for me (despite a year of highs and lows -- sometimes too many lows to really want to think about), those simple pleasures have usually been with a fly rod in hand -- just being out on the water taking in the amazing natural surroundings -- the sounds of rushing water or bird songs or just the wind in the trees -- the chance to see wildlife -- the rise of a trout to my fly -- the rhythm of casting a fly rod -- taking the time to turn over a few rocks in the stream trying to match the hatch -- taking the time to tie flies to replicate that hatch -- the companionship shared with fishing buddies -- the peace and contentment, the calming effect of all that fly fishing offers -- and that others in the world take up this fine sport (even if it does mean some places I fish tend to get a bit more crowded)
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