Fishing and fellowship guide this resolution.

Trout fishing is more fun with friends.Photo: Jeff Samsel

Trout fishing is more fun with friends.
Photo: Jeff Samsel

New Year’s Day has always been more than just a date on the calendar to this old angler. Did I just the say the “o” word? Well, that happened honestly. New Year’s Day is also my birthday.

It seems to rain on this day every year, which traps this outdoorsman in the office. I spend the time shuffling paper. Thoughts tend to wander over the past 12-months. Reflecting over the up and downs. These highs and lows share a common thread, fellow anglers.

The fellowship of these friends are the high points of 2012. Losing some of these friends are the lows. I always wish I had taken them fishing, here or there. It makes their funeral harder still.

Regret is a bitter pill to swallow if we do not learn from your mistakes. The second dose of regret will not taste any better.

Therefore, my New Year’s resolution is to fish more, with friends and family.

What are your resolutions for 2013?

Best fishes for a great new year. Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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10 Responses to Fishing and fellowship guide this resolution.

  1. Once again, short but good! We enjoy your posts! Hmm… resolutions for 2013… We want to become more skilled sailors, come up with more recipes for Alaskan seafood, continue figuring out the fishing out of Seward, Alaska, and, yes, fish more with friends!

  2. Van Hubbard says:

    Let’s take Ron fishing in 13

  3. Lovely sentiments old chap, and well said. I do a lot of fishing as well, up here in the Minnesota and Wisconsin waters, patron to cold, clear lakes, and pine-scented shorelines. And I’ve noted as you have, that amid the memories of countless hundreds of fish over the summer, and a gamut of beautiful locales, what I remember most are the people. The people. Proving that fishing may be great, but the people we share it with are still greater. Amen.

    Love your post here. Have a blessed 2013. May your rod bend sharply!

    • TJ Stallings says:

      Thank you James. You just proved the point. Fishing friends are as good as the fish. Hmm. I’ve contributed to several outdoor, cookbooks. Maybe we should bend a fishing rod and grill something soon. 🙂

      • That could be a worthy idea. Book writing is something I’ve been meaning to get into some day, but never knew where to start. Sounds like you may know the ropes a bit. Can you point me to some of the books you’ve contributed to?

        You gonna make ribs this weekend?

      • TJ Stallings says:

        Oh yea, ribs this weekend. I’ve replied to your other questions via e-mail Your writing reads like butter. Keep up the good work!

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