After nearly 8 months and almost 100 blog entries, this will be my final blog. I’m resigning as the writer of the East Coast blog beginning April 1. Our original blogging contracts were for 6 months, but because so many of you read this blog, my contract was extended. Fly Fisherman magazine and its parent company, Intermedia Outdoors, have been kind enough to offer me more extensions, but my workload is currently too heavy to continue.
I’m writing 2 books, a couple articles, and I’m almost always shooting macro aquatic insect photos for some project. That work, combined with my day-job at the fly shop, a few book events, and several scheduled trips, is more than enough to keep me busy. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to complete all my tasks, plus spend time with my family, work around the house, and, of course, go fishing.
When I mentioned that I was leaving the blog to some of the customers at the fly shop, they asked if it was because of the recent troll attacks. But, trust me, that has nothing to do with it. I began worrying months ago that meeting the July 1 deadline for one of my books would be difficult with all of the things I’ve committed to complete, so I began to consider stepping down before the trolls appeared. If anything, the trolls inspired me to keep writing the blog.
Thanks to Ross Purnell and Jeff Simpson for giving me the opportunity to write the East Coast blog–It was a lot of fun. And thanks to Todd Deluccia, Charlie Meck, Dan “The Guru” Morris, Bill Anderson, Mike Valla, and Doug ”Bearly Legal” Bear for allowing me to write a little about each of you. But thanks most of all to those of you who read the blog. I’ll leave you with two quotes by writers much more eloquent than I am:
“People usually get the politicians and the fishing tackle they deserve.” John Geirach
“If the trout are lost, smash the state.” Thomas McGuane
When it comes to the Marcellus Shale states, I would alter Geirach’s quote just slightly: People usually get the politicians and the fishing they deserve.
What will you fight for, and what do you deserve?
Again, thank you for reading.