Yes, Niger (not Nigeria. Two different places).
I'm going to Niger tomorrow for three weeks or so (and possibly again in January).
Hopefully I won't land what Bjorn called a grand slam of dysentery, malaria and getting kidnapped.
I will have internet access but have no idea of the workload as of yet, so posts may be sporadic. Well, more sporadic than usual...
There's no fishing there, which really doesn't help me write content for Traveling Angler Tuesdays.
Which brings us to...
2) Traveling Angler Tuesdays
Traveling Angler Tuesdays might be placed on hold for a little while.
I have no fishing trips planned or schemed (but some are dreamed). I am working on a few subjects for upcoming posts (doing liveaboard/mothership trips, using booking agents, etc.) and I was hoping for a few guest posts from other Traveling Anglers I was in touch with, but for now, this Traveling Angler isn't doing too much angling.
If anyone would like to contribute a guest post with how-to's or other fine points of being a Traveling Angler, by all means, get in touch, but I'm not chasing people down.
Trying to track down fishing addicts to write something is like herding cats, for f** all.
Not that I blame them. I'd rather be fishing, too. I'll always be a fisherman that writes, not a writer that fishes.
3) Pic of me with the best Key Lime pie ever
I'd shoot someone for a piece of that Key Lime pie right about now.
And that, folks, is why gun laws are tight in Canada. We'd shoot people over pie.
But not dog shit. Never dog shit. That's just irrational.
4) International Fly Tying Symposium
Last weekend I was in Somerset, New Jersey for the tying symposium; my first 'official duty' as Clear Cure Goo's writer-not-in-residence. I had a blast meeting a lot of folks that I had only spoke with via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Skype up until that point.
I understand turnout was a little down this year; a lot of that had to do with people dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to Brian of CCG for letting me tag along and to everyone for stopping by the CCG booth to say hi. It was great meeting y'all.
Note: I'll probably write a little more about the IFTS on the Clear Cure Blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it over there.
5) Being sick sucks hole.
Honestly, I've been having my ass kicked by a cold/flu since the tying symposium in NJ, so I haven't been posting too much here, there, or anywhere else for that matter.
I've been combining various elixirs and concoctions for the last few days. The congestion remains...but I seemed to have made a new friend that appears after certain medications have been mixed together:
I'd like to take the elephant with me to Niger, though...
6) Being sick isn't the only excuse, though...
As I wrote many weeks back, I've been using my side project, The Saltwater Fly Journal, to share a lot of content that previously would have been posted here. Stuff like this. And this. And this, too. So sign up for email/RSS updates (right hand sidebar, underneath the Redington banner) so you don't miss anything awesome on The Saltwater Fly Journal.
Because someday, there will be awesome stuff there. Trust me.
7) The following people/blogs need to keep doing what they're doing...
...because it's damn good:
- Warmwater Chronicles
- Smallmouth Fly Box
- Pine Island Angler
- Chi Wulff
- Salt 396
- and many, many more...
"Kramer goes to a Fantasy camp? His whole life is a fantasy camp! People should plunk down $2,000 to live like him for a week." George Costanza
Someone recently referenced that quote while talking to me about my life. Some days I think it it's bang-on.
But that particular day I just purchased this to keep strapped to my body 24/7 in Niger.
Fantasy camp, my ass...
I like to mix it up once in a while here: fly fishing and lifestyle.
That lifestyle probably doesn't jive for the majority (go back to 1) and 8) on this list) but I'm sure two or three of you are interested in it a little bit.
Oh, that link might be classified as NSFW and/or the kids. There's a lot of swears in there.
My apartment is in a state of flux right now. I call it controlled chaos. The clutter and squalor quotients are kept to a minimum, at least. The kayak, fishing gear and all the fly tying materials in the living lend a certain loveable ambience to the place.
UFYH gives a much-needed dose of reality to the realm of cleaning & organizing: cleaning sucks, but it needs to be done (for advanced level reality, give this guy a read...if you can handle it)
It's a good site to read when things get out of control.
10) The new James Bond...
...was ok. It was no Avengers, by any stretch, but it was good.
11) Music for your playlist
A few tracks I've been listening to recently, give 'em a listen:
(Can't see the videos above? Click here to view the full post)