Renewal

It’s 11 degrees outside as I write this last post of 2017. The pellet stove runs nonstop. Tippet wears a sweater and completes her outside breaks in record time. I’m usually covered in some combination of wool, down and fleece before I step outside. In short, winter is here.

The amount of daylight is much too brief, but I’m told we’re gaining a few minutes each day.

December 2017 sunset

Many of the ponds and lakes are now home for ice fishing shacks or hockey rinks.

Frozen pond, winter 2017, finfollower.com

Small streams aren’t in much different shape. Large rivers are lined with ice shelves.

Frozen stream, winter 2017, finfollower.com

My canoe and kayaks sit snow-covered and idle, waiting for spring.

Canoe and kayaks in snow, winter 2017, finfollower.com

IG pics appear showing large pike and musky pulled from under the ice. I spend time restocking my fly box.

black nymph

Occasionally I’ll get an unexpected surprise, like this documentary film on trout in Mexico, found on my friend Walt’s blog, Rivertop Rambles.

And on some days I hike along the frozen banks, remembering what was and looking forward to next season. After all, this is the time for nature to replenish resources and renew the beauty that awaits us in the spring. For most of us, it can’t come too soon.

Frozen cliff overlooking pond, winter 2017, finfollower.com

Hope this past year was a great one. May 2018 bring you and your family the best. Enjoy!

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Visit to American Museum of Fly Fishing, September 2017

American Museum of Fly Fishing sign with Tippet

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Tippet, fishing dog, chihuahua, Fall 2017, Housatonic River, Finfollower

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Casting For Recovery

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Naugatuck River, Rainbow Trout, streamers, woolly bugger

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Costa Reefton Sunglasses

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Shepaug River, summer fly fishing, wild brown trout, FinFollower, river fishing, brown trout, wild trout, fishing with flies,Connecticut fly fishing, fly fishing sites, fly fishing stuff, river fly fishing

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