well, my single handed snap-T still needs some work, but otherwise it was a good year.
Drought and low flows had me on carp and bass most of the summer instead of trout. Finally got some carp this year and figured out how to repeat the performance with some regularity. In Colorado, there is probably no single better fish to scrutinize one's cast than a carp. Aim improved, distance improved, presentation improved; my knees don't tremble as much when I cast at large fish now
And the practice might give me a fighting chance at bonefish, reds, or tarpon down the road.
I got to put some of that casting practice to work in Mexico and the keys, and caught my first bonefish and barracuda. Seeing a tarpon cruise by still makes my knees quiver though...
Summer trout were found at altitude this year. Backpacking and hiking to remote lakes and streams made for wonderful brookie and cutthroat fishing. Getting away from the crowded tailwaters and 'gold medal' waters was nice; and a return to what fly fishing is really supposed to be (i.e. no combat fishing at all)!
Fall fishing had me back on the trout when possible, and I broke a new personal best in a very unlikely and small stream.
This year was also done entirely on my own flies, which have improved immensely over the last year and a half. Thanks to the other tiers here for great ideas.
Now to find a job before that student researcher/teaching assistant paycheck runs out!