Monday, June 21, 2010

dreams and goals for 2010 (original and revised)

In the beginning of the year, I made a list of ten things I would like to accomplish over the course of the year 2010. I wrote the original list in a fishing log that I started in a bound, pleather, lined notebook. When compiling the list, I intentionally included reasonable and completely unreasonable goals. The original list read as follows:
  1. catch a fish on a nymph
  2. catch a fish in each month of the year
  3. catch a bull trout (not target, which is important distinction)
  4. read "The River Why", "Trout Bum", "Nymphing"
  5. catch more than 10 fish in a day
  6. film and capture fishing trips
  7. catch a 20'' cutthroat, 24'' rainbow, 25'' brown
  8. catch fish out of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers (note: when writing the list I had only caught fish out of Rock Creek (near Missoula), Fish Creek, Rock Creek (near Deer Lodge), Flathead Lake, Avalanche Lake (in Glacier NP), and Greenough Lake (near Deer Lodge))
  9. fish the following bodies of water - Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Rock Creek, Fish Creek, Petty Creek, Ninemile Creek, Georgetown Lake, Elk River (in BC/Alberta), Trout Creek, Lolo Creek, Lochsa River, Bighole River, Lamar River, Firehole River, and Slough Creek
  10. Catch a Yellowstone Cutthroat
About halfway through the year I have completed the following goals:
  1. catch a fish on a nymph
  2. catch a fish in each month of the year (holds true to date - through june)
  3. catch a bull trout (not target, which is important distinction)
  4. read "The River Why", "Trout Bum", "Nymphing"
  5. catch more than 10 fish in a day
  6. film and capture fishing trips
  7. catch a 20'' cutthroat, 24'' rainbow, 25'' brown
  8. catch fish out of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers
  9. fish the following bodies of water - Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Rock Creek, Fish Creek, Petty Creek, Ninemile Creek, Georgetown Lake, Elk River (in BC/Alberta), Trout Creek, Lolo Creek, Lochsa River, Bighole River, Lamar River, Firehole River, and Slough Creek
  10. Catch a Yellowstone Cutthroat
With prime fishing season still to come, I am pretty proud of my accomplishments to date. But, I would like to add to and/or alter my fishing goals of 2010. Here is my altered list, which will now be managed on the sidebar of the blog.
  1. catch a fish on a nymph
  2. catch a fish in each month of the year (jan, feb, mar, apr, may, june, july, aug, sept, oct, nov, dec)
  3. catch a bull trout (not target, which is important distinction)
  4. catch a Yellowstone Cutthroat
  5. catch 30 or more fish in a day from a river
  6. catch 40 or more fish in a day from a river
  7. catch 50 or more fish in a day from a river or lake
  8. catch 3 or more fish more than 20'' in length in a day
  9. catch a 20'' cutthroat, 24'' rainbow, 25'' brown
  10. catch fish out of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers
  11. fish and catch fish out of the following bodies of water - Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River, Rock Creek, Fish Creek Georgetown Lake, Elk River (in BC/Alberta), Trout Creek, Lolo Creek, Lochsa River, Bighole River, Beaverhead River, Madison River, Gallatin River, Hebgen Lake, Medicine Lake (near Skalkaho Pass), Skalkaho Creek, upper Blackfoot River, Monture Creek. Flathead River, Blodgett Creek, Flint Creek, East and West Forks of the Bitterroot River, Lamar River, Firehole River, and Slough Creek
  12. catch all the trout of the this is fly shirt. (see below for more description)
  13. read "The River Why", "Trout Bum", "Nymphing"  
Re: Goal 12. I would like to catch and have a hero picture taken with each of the fish listed on the this is fly t-shirt that I purchased earlier this year.

When I catch a brook trout, I will position the trout in front of the species name on the shirt. This will be done for rainbow, brown, bull, and cutthroat trout in the same style. The plan is to have a five piece photographic journey through my year of fishing out here in Montana.

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