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12-03-2007, 02:21 PM
Hey to all. I think there may have been a thread like this last year, but i was just wondering what y'all were hoping santa would bring you (fishing related, of course) or maybe what you're buying yourself for christmas?

I've pretty much already gotten my christmas when i brought that new rod trimmed with sharkskin line, but i'm hoping that i might........errr, santa might have enough money left in the wallet for a gps unit. Sure would come in handy when i do all them backcountry trips. Will have to see how things settle out when i finish buying all those christmas presents.


12-03-2007, 05:06 PM
Badlands 2200 backpack. It will be used for backcountry brookie trips and spike camp deer hunting.

12-03-2007, 09:36 PM
A new job in East TN or Western NC so I can spend more time in the streams.

12-03-2007, 11:34 PM
Hope the Jolly One has a vise and tools for me.
Want to expand my addiction to include fly tying.

Merry Christmas to All

12-04-2007, 09:13 AM
That rod

it's got to have it's own reel, maybe one of the JLH a Teton or the new LA from Orvis

Shooting Star from Fishpond

Lunch box """"""""""""""""""

new waders

new Clacka

NEWER John Deere tractor with loader & 10' bush hog:biggrin:

new horse trailer(for the daughter really)

Time to stop by & see Byron & the gang:eek:

There, that dosen't seem like much. I know i'm getting the rod & already have the JLH's!


Gerry Romer
12-04-2007, 10:49 AM


12-04-2007, 11:41 AM
My wife couldn't wait until Christmas to open her gifts so we had "early Christmas" this year :biggrin:

She got clothes. (BORING!)

She got me 3 new fly boxes: Orvis Small Watershed Compartment box, Orvis Watershed Large Compartment/Dropper Rig box and a Orvis Dropper Rig box with 5 dropper rig sections.

The wife and I are flying out to Montana to be with family for 3 weeks during Christmas so that will be my best gift this year.

12-04-2007, 12:26 PM
I second what kytroutman is wishing for. It doesn't seem that Santa would have a hard time getting that down the chimney.

UofMontanaAlum, I am glad you are getting to spend time with family at home. I know you miss home. I hope you have a very nostalgic trip.

Really, I wish for good health so I can fish, a good year for my two sons and my wife, and that God will continue to bless me as He has in the past.

I hope He blesses all of you as well.

12-04-2007, 01:24 PM
I agree with Don,
I hope the Lord continues to bless my family. He has blessed me beyond all reasonable expectations. My wife and I have been happily married for 25 years and are looking forward to the next 25 years. My son (age 12) still loves me and likes to fish with dad. I have reasonably good health and have the disposable income to buy a new toy every once in a while. I have a church where I can serve and I have my faith.

There is nothing more in this life that I really need.

Yes, there's a lot of stuff I want and if a new 7wt 9' rod were to show up under the tree, I would not object, nor would I find it offensive if a new Fishpond vest or a couple boxes of guitar strings or some new bluegrass CD's were to be strategically placed around the base of our tree (hint)

But as for need, I have everything I need and the way I look at it, Santa comes everyday.


12-04-2007, 02:25 PM
The only thing I want is to have more time off to fish!

12-04-2007, 05:29 PM
I'd like to see the price of gas drop so I could actually afford to drive down a few extra times a year, and sunglasses that don't fog at the worst possible time.

Byron Begley
12-04-2007, 06:54 PM
Dear Santa,

For Christmas I would like to ask for:

a. Peace on Earth
b. Lots of rain
c. A new Bose sound system that I can hook up to my Mac here at work and listen to Pink Floyd or the Eagles in iTunes.

If I can only get one gift I'll take the Peace. If I can get two, I'll take the rain.


12-04-2007, 07:11 PM
I wish for:

- Health and happiness for friends and family
- Good weather and a calm hurricane season '08

I've got fishing gear coming out of my ears, so selfishly I don't want anything on that front.


12-04-2007, 07:32 PM
Santa would have a really hard time getting it down the chimney, but a nice tent trailer would make those late night arrivals to campgrounds a lot quieter and I could get in bed alot quicker.

12-05-2007, 12:03 PM
A new spool of 6X Frog Hair. I ran out last weekend;)

12-05-2007, 06:26 PM

Byron Begley
12-05-2007, 07:14 PM

So far you've got me. How about a hint.


12-05-2007, 08:40 PM
I wish for Gods Blessing on all our Troops all over the world for them and there families. I thank God for all the wonderful blessing he has given me and my family and to be able to enjoy a great passion I have of Fly fishing.

For my wants maybe and nice 4wt 9' Winston BIIT rod would be nice:biggrin: and maybe a nice Ross reel:biggrin:

12-06-2007, 12:02 AM
Early double album by Pink Floyd, about'69. Sorry about that. Couldn't help myself. Great album title. You can get the 8Track for your Bose. It ain't easy for a young mind in middle age body. For Christmas I just want some fishing time in East Tenn. More than anything real peace even among the least likely characters.

12-06-2007, 10:04 AM

I am a bit of a Pink Floyd fan so I thought I would pass on the following info about the album that Monktrout mentioned.

The actual spelling of the Pink Floyd album is Ummagumma and it is an excellent album. My favorite track being "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict".

"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" is a track written and performed by Roger Waters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Waters) from the two-part 1969 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969) Pink Floyd (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd) album, Ummagumma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ummagumma).
The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Roger Waters' voice played at different speeds; followed by Waters providing a few stanzas of quasi-lyrics in a thick Scottish accent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_English).
The Picts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picts) were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland that merged with the Scots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots).
There is a "hidden message" in the song at approximately 4:34. If played at a slower speed, Waters [1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Several_Species_of_Small_Furry_Animals_Gathered_To gether_in_a_Cave_and_Grooving_with_a_Pict#_note-skepticd)[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Several_Species_of_Small_Furry_Animals_Gathered_To gether_in_a_Cave_and_Grooving_with_a_Pict#_note-shinefc) or guitarist David Gilmour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gilmour)[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Several_Species_of_Small_Furry_Animals_Gathered_To gether_in_a_Cave_and_Grooving_with_a_Pict#_note-et2) can be heard to say, "That was pretty avant-garde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avant-garde), wasn't it?".(sample (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5b/PF-Species-avantgarde.ogg) (help (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Media_help)·info (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:PF-Species-avantgarde.ogg))) It is thought by some that the high-pitched squeaking which is repeated every couple of seconds from about 1:30 to about 2:10 is Waters saying, "Bring back my guitar" sped up by a factor of 10.

Just a little trivia for a cold winter day.

12-06-2007, 10:32 AM
I am wishing the time would change back so I could squeeze in fishing after work everday again. It has been a great year and can't say I really need anything. My younger brother made it hame after 15 months of fighting in Iraq. We will be doing some Steelhead fishing this coming year near his home in Seattle. So I might want a new rod to accompany me.
I did buy him a new rod for Christmas/welcome home. He now has the 8wt TFO Project Healing Waters rod ( I thought that would be appropriate) with matching cammo case, thank you Daniel. That trip to see him is enough for me to be thankful this season.

A plane ticket would be nice also!

12-06-2007, 01:09 PM
My younger brother made it hame after 15 months of fighting in Iraq.

Please tell your brother that my family and I say thanks!


12-06-2007, 06:45 PM

Glad you are going to have such a good Christmas. He is home so you have already had a great Christmas. Tell your brother thanks for what he did for me and my family. Go fishing together and make a memory!

Gerry Romer
12-10-2007, 05:55 PM
Thought you all might want to see what the Middle Prong looks like with water in it... and a healthy fog to boot!



Not sure where those spots came from. I shot that second one on auto-exposure and then again on manual. The spots only show up in the auto-exposure shots, not in the manual shots. I kept flipping back and forth between the two settings and got the same result each time. It was a bit foggy but it had stopped raining and I couldn't make out any visible splash in the area... plus, the light was very low, with no direct sunlight.

Anyway... that strange, black, ribbon-like shape in the middle with all the foamy stuff around it is called "water".

Went up there yesterday afternoon to try and fish. Water was up (Yay!) with a good healthy flow and a little bit of a stain - about the color of weak tea. I'd forgotten what it's like trying to wade this stretch with a decent flow. Byron's right. It doesn't take much to knock you off your pins. I did okay but it was much slower going than I'm used to.

This was about a mile above The Institute. I took the temp before I started in and got a reading of 52.7 degrees!

Went fishing, not catching. Got skunked, but who cares!? I got my Christmas wish... well, it's a start!


12-10-2007, 06:28 PM
Wow the river looks great with that kind of flow. It sounds like things are improving out there, slowly but surely. Hopefully it will continue. It's going to be a slow process but with a good, wet winter a big dent can be put in it.


12-10-2007, 10:05 PM
Wow....you're right - it's been almost a year since I've seen that water that high.

12-10-2007, 10:35 PM
I wish for:

My meeting tomorrow afternoon to be canceled so I can go fishing before the water cools off again
Success for Rocky
A nice set of Orvis waders:redface: