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01-02-2013, 09:29 PM
Ok I am not real big on the new year resolution stuff. However, this is the year I turn 42 and it is really depressing me alot. I am looking back at missed chances, failed attempts and unaccomplished dreams. So what am I going to do about them?

1 realize their gone by and I can not go back.
2 fish more
3 set new goal for the future years
4 fish more
5 try harder to reach goals
6 fish more

This was my first time to ever camp in the smokies. I plan on doing that again.
I plan on taking more time off to go fishing with my friends and enjoy more than worrying about how much $$$ I can make this year.
I plan on filling up more photo albums with outdoor memories with friends and family.

Life gets away to fast. Take time to just reach out and do what can bring you happiness and memories. Because the day will come when that is all we have.

Happy new year and I wish you all the very best. Hope you meet your resolutions this year. Please post what some of yours may be.

01-02-2013, 09:47 PM
I too have made plenty of mistakes...some of them really big. The good news is that at 43 I can and have changed and continue to self examine and improve. Keep your chin up. It gets easier. Now we know what not to do and we can focus on doing the right things. I'll work on becoming a better person. I think I'll fish more as well.

01-03-2013, 02:40 PM
Nice! I'll turn 42 this year, and I've got some changes I need to make also that will help my blood pressure if I can follow through. My wife and I took up RVing this past year and that has helped, I never thought I would like it but now I can't wait to go again. I'll also try to fish more, I've missed some good days the last couple of years. I hope you guys have success in the year ahead in whatever it is you set out for!

01-03-2013, 09:26 PM
42 must be the magic number. I turn 42 in February. I always make new years resolutions and try to make them become reality. Self fulilling phophecy type of thing.

1. Spend more time hunting with my dad. He turned 70 this year and loves to turkey hunt and deer hunt with a muzzleloader. I hunt with him during every deer hunt I can, but I could find a way to get to Ohio to turkey hunt for a few days in the spring or fall.

2. Spend more time fishing the backcountry, solo. I love to spend my time fishing with friends, but my heart's into fishing solo. It's been 3 years since I've taken a solo trip and I really enjoy the time alone.

3. Catch something other than trout on a flyrod. I'm gonna try carp and smallmouth this year. Tons of oportunities around here.

4. Fish saltwater. With our already planned vacations, this may be a problem. I may have to just do a 3 day weekend and camp along the beach somewhere, but I will catch a saltwater fish on a fly this summer.

5. Look better naked. I already look pretty dang good for a 42 year old, but there's always room for improvement.

01-03-2013, 10:43 PM
47...and a half, but who's counting.

I resolve to:
1. Fish in the park more this year
2. Try my hand at fishing for something other than trout
3. Build a spey rod
4. Take my 6 year old and my 4 year old on their first fishing trip.
5. Hike a bit of the AT.
6. Get out to Colorado to fish
7. Get this body back into shape...well I guess I already am a shape. Lets say I want to get this body in a shape other than pear shaped. A 48 year old lean mean fishing machine. This is of particular importance because my wife is 12 years my junior and I gotta get in shape to keep up with her.

01-04-2013, 08:10 AM
Uh oh; I turn 54 this May, I suppose there is no use making big plans.

01-04-2013, 09:16 AM
Now that's funny! I'm laughing out loud, which I needed this morning!

01-04-2013, 10:33 AM
Well, I am 59 and looking at turning what I consider becoming a true senior citizen. Hard to believe it, because my mind says I'm still 39!! Life's like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!! So, I have a few resolutions that I hope to achieve this coming year:

1. get back in shape and lose 20lbs.
2. catch a trout that is above the slot .
3. fish the SOHO
4. get back out to WY. and fish in Star Valley again and fish in Yellowstone.
5. Fish all I can with my son , who lives in Raleigh. I want to see him land a big trout.
6. Fish more in the Park and do it with more success (everyone's desire).
7. do all the above and do more with my wife....(get her to start flyfishing)
8. Keep savoring the time I spend on the water and not take it too seriously. Enjoy God's creation and don't wish time away. Continue to enjoy the friendships that I've made with fellow flyfishermen. I've been truly blessed to meet so many helpful and considerate men.


The Principal
01-04-2013, 10:03 PM
I will be 63 in Feb. So many streams to fish and so little time to do it.
I wish I were 42 or 43 again or even 53.

01-04-2013, 10:23 PM
Well, I have topped the crest and am sliding down the fast slick side of the hill at 54. However, I am still learning and enjoying life. One thing that I have learned at this ripe, no near rotten, old age is that we are really not in control. In fact, each year that passes it seems I have less control over my time and priorities seem to change. Each year I tend to be remorseful as I reflect on how little I have fished during the year and vow to fish more the next year. This year was no different, but I am more determined than ever.

Nevertheless, I have had a great life and have been so blessed with family, friends, and great fishing. I have fished in 17 states and the most famous rivers in the US. I have caught brown, rainbow, cutthroat, bull and brook trout as well as many species of warm water fish, and tarpon. Fly fishing for me has evolved from a mad rush to a calm, reflective, peaceful experience. I can't wait until my next time to get lost in the experience. So, my great hope for the new year is to get lost a lot. I hope you do as well!

01-05-2013, 02:17 PM
At 48.5 I too have taken up an organized diet regime. I am tired of being mistaken for a Sasquatch on the streams.

I plan to fish warm water more (it is local and I can easily take my canine buddy) and worry about work a bit less.

01-05-2013, 02:54 PM
In addition to fishing nearly constantly, I hope to buy this and wear it when I am in the smokies, preferably jumping out at people.


01-05-2013, 04:32 PM
Stop buttering my doughnuts :biggrin:

David Knapp
01-05-2013, 05:17 PM
In addition to fishing nearly constantly, I hope to buy this and wear it when I am in the smokies, preferably jumping out at people.


Oh man thanks for the laugh!!! I've been wanting to bust out a bear suit in Cades Cove to freak some people out for a while. I'm sure I could get into all kinds of trouble if I had one (literally and figuratively)... :biggrin:

01-05-2013, 05:41 PM
Well, I'll be 68 this year, and hope I'll be able to spent more time in the mountain streams chasing trout. In March, (every year) I take my sons and grandsons for a weekend of fishing the Tellico River and surrounding streams. Three generations in the river, together, bonding, having so much fun :smile:!


01-05-2013, 05:50 PM
I've been wanting to bust out a bear suit in Cades Cove to freak some people out for a while. I'm sure I could get into all kinds of trouble if I had one

And the possibility of getting shot by some touron who thinks that they are about to die and happens to be packin'... :rolleyes:

However, I would love to join in on this action as well so I will volunteer to be the poor victim being mauled, since I feel that is a safer play on my part... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

01-06-2013, 02:57 AM
2013 Goals:

1) Get out of the rat race.
2) Convince my daughter to go to the "U".
3) Surround myself with only the best people.
4) Section hike some of the App Trail.
5) Do more to help educate and introduce the sport of fly-fishing.
6) Finding more time to help conservation efforts.
7) New targets with the stick- Steelhead, Sailfish, Sea run trout and although not new....a BIG tarpon.
8) To spend one more night in the Smokies back country...a 25 year old Lagavulin and trout on the fire.
9)200+ days on the stream.

01-18-2013, 01:23 AM
I'm pushing 67..trouble is... it's pushing back. You younger fellows in your early forties have the right idea. Enjoy yourself and take care of your yourself now and God willing, you'll live to enjoy the next twenty years even more. I keep telling my wife that my mind is nineteen, but my body, like nearly everyone else, doesn't pay much attention to it.

My motto has always been, a bad luck day of fishing or hunting is always better than the best day at work. I don't even remember the best day of work I've had and could not care less at this point in time.