About this time last year I ran into Jay Zimmerman doing a fly tying presentation at Charlie's Flybox. I consider Jay one of my carpin heroes so I introduced myself and we talked a little about carpin and blogging. I mentioned that Fly-Carpin was turning out to be allot more work than I had pictured when I naively pushed that innocent looking "start a blog" button. His outright laughed with (at?) me and then said something along the lines of "Let me guess, you figured heck, it's just like having your fishing journal on-line right?"
Well it turns out that in many ways a blog is an absolutely terrible fishing journal. First off your typical fishing journal is BORING. Boring to write and even worse to read so you end up leaving out allot of important stuff that might help you in future years. Second of all eventually you don't want to share everything. Some days the fishing is so bad that you really have nothing to say. Some days you fish poorly or make a rookie mistake and are a little embarrassed. Occasionally something about the day is so absolutely perfect that it just turns personal.
Today was all of the above. The fishing kinda sucked, I kinda sucked. I spent 98.9% of the day looking for feeding fish or screwing up the few I found. I spent 1% of the day catching what will undoubtedly be one of the coolest carp I will ever catch on the perfect fly on the perfect presentation on the perfect take and the perfect hook set with a great extended battle to boot. I spent the final 0.2% of the day making a rookie mistake, screwing up the photo-op and coming away with nothing but fond memories. That's fly-fishing for carp, if I wasn't so damn stubborn I would quit while I was way ahead. Or way behind. Hard to tell which, but I sure feel great.