Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Little Things...

Maybe it's the season ... the chill in the air... you know, the holiday contagion, when everybody seemingly has a bit of bounce in their step and a hint of a smile on their faces for no particular reason.

Whatever it is, I've taken the hint. I'm officially in the Christmas spirit.

I woke up this morning in a lonely hotel room in Denver, ready to face the rest of the week away from my family and, honestly, ready to feel pretty bitter about it. But then, I got a Facebook message from my pal Rebecca Garlock, aka, The Outdooress. She sent me a link to her latest blog post, which was all about ... me.

Rebecca and Chris on the river... hopefully, we get to
do this more often in 2013!
I read the post and can honestly say that I've never felt more humbled... more flattered. It's always interesting to read what others think of you, and it's not often you get the chance. So, to Rebecca, thank you. And Merry Christmas, my dear friend.

But wait... there's more. My friend Marshall Cutchin, the publisher of Midcurrent, flattered me recently as well, when he asked me to contribute now and then to the online fly fishing site. I absolutely adore Midcurrent--it's an aggregate of all the great things happening in the fly fishing world, and it has real personality... real relevance.

So I happily submitted a piece I was originally going to submit to a magazine to Midcurrent, with a few edits for the online crowd. I'm looking forward to being a part of the Midcurrent family--and I'm honored to have been asked.

To Marshall and Erin and Glenn and the gang, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2013.

But, perhaps most of all, I wanted to send the season's greetings to all the folks who swing by this little hobby spot over the course of a year--Eat More Brook Trout is a "for fun" endeavor that serves to enrich the side of me that just likes to fish.

Granted, much of my life is centered around fly fishing, but I realized long ago that just fly fishing wasn't enough--that, if my kids were to enjoy it as much as I do, I had to do my part. I think that's why I'm equally passionate about protecting our wild places and our wild fish.

But it starts with fishing, and that's how we must connect with the next generation of conservationists... we simply need to give them something to care about. So, to those of you who care enough to fish, and then care enough to protect your opportunity by taking on the threats to our fishing, Merry Christmas... and keep up the good fight.

Happy Holidays to all... And God bless you in 2013.


  1. Congrats on becoming a contributor to Midcurrent. Happy Holidays!

  2. Wonderful to finally meet you in person last night, Chris! Thanks for arranging that get-together. And a wonderful Holiday to you and yours!

  3. Chris,
    I'd say from all the comments on my post and those on FB, I'm definitely not the only one that appreciates you and all that you do for the world of Fly Fishing and conservation.

    I'm glad the post shed some light on how myself and so many other people feel about you. Keep feelin' the love...

    Congrats to you for the Midcurrent opportunity. They pick good people!