Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Windknots in my rearview mirror

Like most other writers of distinction bloggers, I like to do a recap of the soon to be past year's highlights. Of course we don't call them highlights like most others do. We call them...well, never mind, it's not for polite company. It's been another year of slightly bent fly rods, small fish, lost weekends and friends we didn't get to fish with. So here in no particular order is Windknots 2012.

What a way to start the year! Me, Justin and some other guy.
Two of my favorite people...Flyfishingcrazy Larry Snyder and the beautiful and talented Erin Block.
Justin "Fishtales and Fishtails" Schlosser...amazing fly fisherman.
One of the nicest guys I've met, Sanders from Up the Poudre.
My lovely wife
Me fishing the Tankara way on Clear Creek. Hey who stole my reel?
My buddy Derrol and I visiting Rocky Mt. Angler...good time with Jay





My buddy Tim...last trip to Boulder Creek.



Sometimes I just sit and watch her fish.
I don't know who this guy is, but he got tangled with foliage a lot!
Don't fish with monkeys, they'll eat your face off!
Average size of the fish I catch, but isn't it beautiful?
I honestly don't remember this...must be Geezerville. Mel must be around here somewhere.
Kinda looks like a sewer but I swear there were trout in here.

The fly tying stepped up a notch...
Well maybe not a notch...more like 1/2 notch.

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  1. That looks like a pretty good year. You got to meet some great people and spend quality time with the wife. I hope next year brings you more good fortune.

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    1. Thanks Kevin! Without sounding mushy, the best of the year were what little fishing the wife and I did together and all the great friends I have both on line and in real life. Thanks for being one of gang!

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  2. Very nice, Howard. See you took Mr. Troutragous!'s advice to heart. Time spent with friends and family is even better when it's on the water.

    Wishing you and Mrs. Cofisher the best for 2013.

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    1. And the same to you Dean. I hope the coming year is filled with whatever you want it filled with. I guess this has the Troutrageous! seal of approval.

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  3. Hi Howard........nice recap and have a safe & Happy New Year.

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    1. Mac, I wish you a great 2013. I've enjoyed following your path and count you among my valuable friends.

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    2. Well thank you Howard on all accounts.

      I am honored and the feelings are mutual.

      Avoid going out on amateur night (New Year's Eve) at all costs.......

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    3. Going out to dinner with the extended family for New Years Eve and then home in bed before the witching hour. Take care Mac.

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  4. Thanks for the recap. What a year!

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    1. Thanks Darren, it has been quite a year and one I'll never forget. I've got a sore back still aching from a fall on my last trip! Have a happy prosperous 2013!

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  5. Well, brother Howard, it has been quite a year for you and Windknots & Tangled Lines. Sorry that I was unable to work out some time to fish with you, but, that is on my short list of things to do in 2013. Speaking of sore backs, can hardly move tonight, fell down the stairs today!

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    1. Mel, we'll get together soon...we have 3 Geezers fly shop to take care of. Take care of the back. I mean to tell you I'm still one hurtin' puppy all these months later. Got a dr. appointment in a couple of days. I know you're going to have a great 2013!

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  6. Aside from that last photo for which I cannot forgive you...all the best, Howard, in the new year. :)

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    1. Erin, I know I will have a great year because you (and by default, what's his name)are a part of it. You make an old friend proud. As for the last picture, you can blame Troutrageous! for that one. I stole it from him. He was fooling around with my ugly twin sister.

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  7. That looks like a great year right there Howard! I wish you the best in the new one!
    Thanks for the comments and the visits. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Paul. One of the best pieces of advice that Cameron gave me was to check out Frankenfly. You've done an outstanding job and I count you among my friends. Have a great new year!

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  8. Looks like another fine year in the rear-view mirror.
    Nothing like spending some quality time on the water with friends and family...it doesn't get any better.

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    1. Thanks! Here's to a great 2013 for both of us. Perhaps some day we will be able to wet a line together.

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  9. Howard
    Nice selection of images of past trips that tell me one thing, when you are fishing with Howard you are having fun. I am looking forward to more images for 2013. Thanks a sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill. I certainly hope people have fun when we fish together. I'm usually too busy climbing trees and retrieving flies! I'd love to get out your way Bill. Cheers!

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  10. Howard is the guy in the middle of that first photo a friend of AK Best?

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    1. Supposedly. Sometimes I wonder. Yes, that is John Gierach. He's regular at Rocky Mt. Anglers and we ran into him at the Fly Fishing Show.

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  11. You have definitely found a wonderful group of friends to fish with this past year. And you are so lucky to have a mate that fishes the river while you "watch and learn"... Haha. I am curious though, if you know that the hook of your fly is going to end up in a tree behind you...well, nevermind. Bravo on keeping pretty darn close to the "Troutrageous guidelines" on this entertaining recap!!

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    1. Well, thanks I think. There are a lot of great people to fish with here that's for sure. You and Brian are missing of course...but we soldier on anyway. About those lost flies, I just consider them as lost in the line of duty.

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  12. Fishing is supposed to be fun. Well done!

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    1. Hi Fred, nice to end the year talking to my favorite Alaska guide. You're quite right. And if that includes friends and beautiful places to fish, lots of alcohol and fattening foods, well so be it. I'm in. I hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

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