Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An Early Merry Christmas

Why an early Merry Christmas? Well I wanted to make sure I did send greetings to everyone and given how things are I could well miss my opportunity.

I'm 2 weeks post op from my knee reconstruction and things are going well but as these things go some days are better than others thanks to the good ol' oxycodone blues. I had hoped to be up and at 'em to some degree by now but my view of the world mostly consists of my toes pointing toward the ceiling elevated high above my horizontal body. In short I'm still on my back waiting for that over-sized water balloon to vacate my knee.

Tying is out of the question just yet unless someone can tell me how I can prop my vise on my chest without getting the material trimmings up my nose. Yes I tried it last summer and I have never had so much marabou fluff up snout EVER! The up side is that I have a wonderful wife who happens to make a great nurse and as long as I don't act too big a fool she waits on me hand and foot. Case in point she told me tying on my back was a bad idea and refused to bring me Kleenex (at least right away) when I started sneezing colored turkey fluff.

The weather is decent for winter here in the heart of the Rockies. I have a pretty decent view of the front range from my location and the cat helps to keep me warm. There is also a good supply of hot tea, cocoa and coffee for warming our insides. Most of all the thing I/we have to be thankful for in the Wood house is it looks like this knee may actually take us far into the future. Really that's the one thing I've wanted for Christmas for a few years now so things are pretty good.

My wish for you all is that you too are having wishes come true this Christmas and you are all looking forward to a positive and prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in the Saddle

If you read the last post before my recent knee reconstruction you may, like myself have been expecting a longer hiatus from yours truly. Well no such luck, I'm back in the saddle already but it will still be some time before my feet hit the trail. So far post-op has been far easier than in the past. Does this mean I finally have a knee that will work with me and not against me? We can only hope and pray that this is the last round......I think 6 is enough.

As a general rule I don't make predictions after these procedures but I'm going to make an exception. I hope to be in front of my vise at the beginning of next week and cranking out, although slowly a couple fly orders. Beyond that work on my new website can begin and with any luck at all it will be up and running before the new year or shortly there after. Where net building is concerned I won't be making any predictions. That requires a good amount of standing time which is completely up in the air at the moment.

At any rate I just wanted to check in say hello and that all is looking good this time around. I'll be in touch but for now I have a little physical therapy to attend to.

Net 61 Giveaway

I was contacted a while back by Howard of Windknots and Tangled Lines about helping him with a new years giveaway. Happy to oblige a fellow blogger, fly fisher, old guy. Us mature, if not old, guys need to stick together as much as possible in what is quickly becoming a youngster dominated sport, or at least it feels that way some times.

For details pop on over to this post and get all the details of the giveaway.

And the winner is Brian Schiele.

This net is a Pocketwater model that is constructed using highly figured maple for the handle.The hoop is a three layer construction with 2 laminations of white oak and 1 layer of poplar. Like all the Pocketwater nets it is fitted with a soft, knotless nylon which extremely catch and release friendly. There are 3 measure dots set into the handle at 15", 17" and 19" from the top of the net.

The Pocketwater is a super lightweight net that is crafted for use in those small, secluded streams that don't attract crowds, they attract dedicated anglers. The trout in these streams are small by trophy hunter standards but the rewards are immense in solitude and beauty. These diminutive nets celebrate those streams and the trout that live there. This net is so light you won't know it's there until you need it for that 16" cutthroat or brookie you weren't expecting. The traditional teardrop shape and super soft, knotless nylon bag are catch and release friendly for both fish and angler.

19 1/2" overall length
8" x 14" hoop opening

At the moment I don't have all the details on the giveaway but will post them as soon as everything is ironed out.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

That Time Again or The BUT Post

Yes it is that time again BUT not Christmas, New Years or any of that other festive stuff everybody else is having fun with. What "that time again" means for a lucky devil like me is another reconstructive surgery on my bum knee. Sounds fun right, well maybe though probably not. BUT with any luck at all this could be the last reconstruction and I can get back to being on the water regularly next year. Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer and send well wishes please.

It has been a while since I've posted anything. It has been crazy getting things done what with a flooded kitchen and a leaky shower that ruined the bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom are back together BUT I would rather have been getting in a little time on the water, blogging and tying flies. BUT that as they say is how the cookie crumbles. Who are "they" anyway?

This post is a heads up to let you know it may be a while longer before you see any new posts, at least for much that's coherent. BUT anything you do see from me over the next few weeks could well be influenced by pain meds so try not to take it too seriously.

On a completely different and much more positive note next year looks pretty exciting from where I sit at the moment. Some time in January the field tester program will be getting underway in earnest. I've been working on a new website for J Wood Fly Fishing complete with a forum and a whole passel of new and crazy ideas for fly designs, some new net models, new net features and some new and redesigned leaders. All in all 2015 has the potential to be a pretty good year.

BUT we'll just wait and see.