Last casts are always the hardest ones to make. The last cast of the day, the last cast on a trip or the last cast of the year. A fly anglers optimism is eternal, and the last cast in any scenario is the hardest one to make. I've always said that it's hard to concede to the end of the day, even to the darkness that overtakes it. Yesterday I made what is most likely my last cast of the 2023 season. I wanted it to be a fitting conclusion to the year, so one of my favorite rods took a ride to a stream that is very special to me. I wish I could write an epic story about my success, but not everyday is like that. I did spend some time thinking back on this past year and can tell you that I had a fantastic year of fishing and so much to be thankful for. There were trips to the Catskills, some beautiful waters in Maryland and my home state of Pennsylvania. There was an epic trip to New Mexico and a chance to catch Rio Grande Cutthroat for the first time. I made a few new friends, shared pools with some great friends and have many memories to look back on. Thinking forward, 2024 is shaping up to be an interesting year with a long list of new waters to explore, the opportunity to tighten up some new fly designs I've been testing, continued writing on another book and some exciting news about the future of Ramsay Flies. If you are fishing this weekend, be sure to make your last cast of 2023 a good one. Fish well and have a very Happy New Year!
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