The year 2012 was one hell of a roller coaster ride for me and the people in my orbit. Ahead lies 2013, a year that, at the moment, seems to stretch out in front of me forever. There are so many goals, new experiences, trips, and friendships to grow, and healing to be done. I hope your 2013 is off to a good start and continues to deliver on all you’ve hoped for.
The 2013 Early Season Trout Opener is about four weeks away, here in Wisconsin. Have you got a plan? My friends and I have started making plans. Here’s a shot of the stretch we’re planning to fish on March 2nd (sorry, I can’t spray the location all over the internet).
Some Driftless trout water, Wisconsin
Afterwards we’ll wet our whistles here and recount the epic day of fishing we shared.
The Silent Woman
And after that, we’ll come up with many more plans, ideas to improve our success, and talk of hunting Turkeys, Deer, Musky, and many, many more trout.
Here’s to 2013!
My good friend Brian Rybarik is the happy groom, marrying Courtney Klaus tomorrow in a private, wooded ceremony.
Good luck to you both, Brian and Courtney!
Brian Rybarik at his bachelor party, nicknamed the “Bri-Deca-Pentathlon”
My friend Courtney took the long way to work today, walking along Lake Monona. She shared these photographs with me, because I like lakes and all…
Bad for ice fishing, but beautiful to look at!
Looking southwest from the Monona Terrace, blades of ice piled up alongshore.
Looking easterly across Lake Monona
John, Stephen and I went to Wingra on New Year’s Eve to chase lunkers. Suffice it to say, we didn’t catch any.
John did have a flag go up only to find that his shiner minnow was gone, so that may have been something, but for the most part the experience taught us how nice a shelter of some kind would be to have.
Hope you enjoy the photographs! There’ll be more throughout the winter, hopefully some of which will have us holding some nice fish.
Sunrise on the Ice – Lake Wingra, December 2012
Good Ol’ Beaver Dam Tip-ups
Stephen Rose working the hole
Flag Up! for John Jackels
Gloves off. The worst part of it.
Hook Set – Nothing there.
Stephen Rose considers what it means to be a man.
Waiting for the spool to turn
Six tip-ups marching toward Vilas Park, Madison, Wisconsin
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 41,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals
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