But 2020 wasn't all bad. I logged a record number of hours on the river rowing and fishing. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I taught my son to cast a fly rod and watched him land the biggest bass I have ever seen.
That said, I feel it is important to echo the sentiment that was scribbled onto every Christmas card that I received this year. and that is to say that I hope 2021 is a better year for all of us.
Here's a list of some events that we'll be attending, sponsoring or putting on in 2021. I hope to see you out there soon!
Bass Fly Swap 2.0
Still locked up in your basement? Sign up for our semi annual bass fly swap. Participants will tie a maximum of ten identical top water or subsurface bass flies. The really ambitious can sign up for both categories. Entry fees cover return shipping and will vary depending on your location. In the ongoing spirit of social distancing, sorted flies will be mailed out regardless of your location. This year the swap will also be open to tiers outside of North America.
Deadline to enter is February 28th 2021
Bass Fly Swap
Into fly tying and social distancing? Sign up for our bass fly swap. Participants will tie ten identical top water or subsurface bass flies. The really ambitious can sign up for both categories. Entry fees cover return shipping and will vary depending on your location In the spirit of social distancing, sorted flies will be mailed out regardless of your location.
Deadline to enter is Friday April 24th.
Ditch Pickle Classic
This great 2 day event is held on Lake Champlain and is Vermont's only catch and release bass tournament for fly anglers. Unlike traditional bass tournaments where fish are weighed in at the end of the day, this format sees fish caught, photographed and measured against a pickle stick (ruler board) then immediately released. Competing in and sponsoring the Ditch Pickle Classic is a definite highlight of the summer for us.