Townies: Part II


1 : a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal

2 : an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing

Ok, so let’s take a look at the latter definition. I am pretty sure this is referring to me, being fairly certain that I am semi-normal. Or at the least this is referring to my fishing state of mind for the past month or so. I have been obsessed with fishing the brown trout in town! Every chance I get I am fishing fifteen minutes away from my house. Get off of work early, go fishing. My son is taking his two hour nap on the weekend, go fishing. I am free for an hour and a half in the evening, go fishing.

If you have read the first part of my “fishing in town” series you’re already aware of the effort I put forth in finding these fish. If you follow me on Facebook you now know why I keep going back. Catching a 20″ brown trout so close to home has gotten me hooked!


Since I started fly fishing eight years ago I have been in love with the sport. There is nothing like being on a river, or wet wading a river, and the solitude and oneness you feel. I won’t go all philosophical here, but as far as I am concerned, there is nothing like it. Big fish, small fish, even baitfish…it doesn’t matter. Being able to pull a fish out of the water, especially on a fly you have handcrafted yourself, is something that I am so thankful to be able to do. This passion makes me dream of finding a home with a creek or a river within walking distance. But, since I have yet to win the powerball, this will probably not happen. So finding these fish just up the road will do nicely.

On one of these outings I got to take the family out to the water and I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had. It was great to see my wife and son in the water and just enjoying the outdoors while I try my hand at netting some fish. Only got two that day but the last one, no matter how small, was probably the most exciting fish I have ever caught to date. Not because of the size or colors, but for the help that I had getting it in to the net.