Hello to all my Troutnut pals,
I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking an extended break from posting. (This may be a blessed relief--at least it will allow others to get a word in edgewise.) :) A much needed and long anticipated change in my situation (involving a potential new job and relocation) requires me to focus my attention elsewhere for the time being. I was going to wait until things were certain to take this break, but given the extremely addictive nature of participating on this amazing site, I didn't want to run the risk of my very enjoyable virtual life distracting from my real one at such a time.
That distraction has been wonderful, and the opportunity to chat with all of you has provided a regular and rejuvenating escape from the worries and frustrations that, I'm sure, beset us all at times. In that way, it has been much like fly fishing and has offered a welcome substitute when I could not be astream.
Any attempt to try to thank the many fine folks I've met through this site would make this post intolerably lengthy. I cannot take this break, however, without thanking our host, Jason. Most of you don't know this, but the only reason I took the scary step to post here was that I had read the generous praise for my book that he had posted on this site and elsewhere. I told him when I registered that I thought I had found a "kindred spirit." Upon joining, I also discovered that my very first Amazon reviewer was posting here in the guise of "Martinlf" (Louis). So, I have indeed found kindred spirits--perhaps more than a thousand of them!
Breaking this addiction, even for a while, will be hard. So, I won't go completely cold turkey. I'll try to monitor private messages from time to time over the next few weeks. (Just in case someone wants to get in one more barb or bon mot.) :)
I can think of no better way to close than to share the closing lines from the first chapter of my book:
The difficulties facing trout and trout anglers may increase with time, but they are not new. Each generation of fly fishers must confront the pressures of their time and devise new ways to master their situation while retaining the delights that have always attended our sport. When we face these pressures squarely and defeat them on our own terms, the rewards are as sweet now as they were then. And the communion we feel with our fellow anglers at such times is as ancient and timeless as the lovely fish we seek.
My very best to all of you (and, as Ahnold says, "I'll be back!"),