What a rush! I see I have not posted since a little before Christmas so thought I would kick it in gear with my first post of 2015. I am thinking that there were several small things I wanted to post about. While, perhaps, none of them is worthy of a full post on their own, maybe collectively they will make for a heads up on what is and has been going on here at Pond Stalker Headquarters................ So with that I will begin my ramble...................
We had a wonderful Christmas season here at Pond Stalker Headquarters. In fact, it was probably one of the best Christmas's with family in recent memory. Also, received some blessings from BlogBuddies, Fly Tackle Dealers, and Facebook fly fishing friends. More on that in a minute.
Recently, I went in and had my Flu and Pneumonia shot. Results, I got sick!
A friend asked me the other day about what I thought of the current issues we have in this country about Homeless Veteran's. I didn't waste any words in telling her what I thought. Take a minute if you will, and, contemplate on this.........................
Ok, lets ramble for awhile about how great is to have a wonderful bunch of guys and gals who support our blogging efforts and our efforts through other social networks like Facebook in my case. I want to give a shout out to folks who made my holiday season extra special. First off, all of the Contests and Giveaways from fly tackle dealers over on Facebook always adds to the fun. I enter a lot, and most often, don't win a thing. However, I still feel good about that as friends are winning and that makes me happy! I did win a dozen flies that I am looking forward to receiving from a new Fly Shop down in Eagle Nest, New Mexico.
Thanks, Tim, from Eagle Nest Fly Shack
I, also, received an after Christmas package of fly tying goodies from my long time blogging friend, Owl Jones Art & Design. Now Owl is a fly fisher, fly tyer, and artist. We had talked about sending a long a few things that I could use, but I have to tell you Owl, you out did yourself here and I am very grateful for your blessings.
Also, want to send along a shout out to my friend, John Wood at JWFlyfishing. John has provided flies to me to be field tested once I can get on the water. Please take a moment and have a look at John's Blog and website. He has some great patterns that I think will excite the fish wherever you may be. He, also, makes some beautiful custom fly fishing nets, and, I will be picking up some of his Twisted and Tied Leaders to play with this season.
I have saved some exciting news for last on this post. The other day, one of those sick days, I received a message from Phillip Butterfield at Average Joe's Fishin Poles. He wanted to know if I would be interested in becoming a Field Tester for his custom made fly rods. After a short conversation, an agreement was finalized, and, I am soon to be the owner of a
Blue Halo 8' 4-5wt Fiberglass Custom Build to my specifications from Phillip. As Phillip said too me, "Have a happy Halo New Year". I have so noted on my side bar at the top of this blessing from Phillip.
I am very excited about 2015 and my time on the water. May your year be filled with blessings and happy hook ups.