That ultimately is why it's time for me to take a break. I'm writing this at 05.11 on the way to the airport for a work trip. I promise I'll be back however, once I address the balance on fishing in my life.
One of the most fantastic things that writing a regular FP lets you do is reflect. And in my case, particularly prominent within that, is the real point of fly fishing - friends. Years ago I used to look at Sexyloops as a frustrated beginner, through avid intermediate and respect those views of Paul Arden (Mr Sexyloops himself), Ronan Creane (a stuntman for heaven's sake), Jason Borger (he wrote a book, twice!) as well as Harps and Matt Klara who I used to follow with great anticipation of the next weekly digest. I still hugely respect the views of these guys of course but now I can call them friends. I've not met the entirety of those mentioned above nor everyone on loops but those I have are the kind of people you see perhaps only once per year or less yet catch up like you last spoke a week ago.
So here's to fly fishing, friends and a thank you to Paul for letting me ramble on here for a while. Next chapter for me - catching up with all these guys and fishing!
The good news for all of us is that I'm being followed by writers whom I have absolutely no doubt will deliver you fantastic fishing stories and theoretical questions that will have you scratching your head a while... but I won't give the game away just yet.
(The photo is a small sexyloops campfire with Paul and Lee too)