Dec 312011

I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2011 go.  It has been one tough year.  The Economy, family issues, work…  UGH.

While, smelly, slimy, muddy, cold, wet, hot, sweaty, frustrating, EXTREME, dangerous, and at times bloody…  Fishing has kept me going this year and it always put a smile on my face.

There were many moments on and off the water that brought me joy this year.  Here are a few of the highlights.

2011 included

  • Over 123 blog posts on The Functioning Fishaholics
  • Well over 125 fishing trips with over 400 hours of time on the water

#1.  Catching my first wild Brown Trout on the fly and other Functioning Fishaholics records

Valley Creek Fishing Report 8/27/2011

My first Brown Trout on the fly

#2  The Functioning Fishaholics first blog birthday

Happy Birthday – The Functioning Fishaholics Turn ONE 

Happy B Day!

#3 Meeting fellow bloggers and attending fishing shows

A Troutrageous!(ly) Guided Morning

Troutrageous! Mike

Philadelphia Fly Fishing Show

Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow

Indoor Casting pool at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow

A casting pool indoors!

End Of Year Clearance – Fly Tying Symposium

#4 Learning how to be safe on the water

How To Fight a Fish And Not Die 

Lesson Learned

#5 Breaking Functioning Fishaholics records

The Functioning Fishaholics Record Book

What Does A Three Pound Bass Look Like?

Picture of a 3lb big mouth bass caught in Montgomery county PA

3lb 20" Largemouth do exist in Montgomery County

Deep Creek Dam Smallies Fishing Report 9/18/2011

What a beaut

Jeff’s Record Rainbow Trout

20" Rainbow Trout - Deep Creek


There were so many good fishing (and blogging) memories this year.  Thanks to the Funcfish crew for being the best fishing buddies a guy could ask for.  Thanks to the many blogger buddies and readers out there that make writing this blog worthwhile.  This sport and the anglers I meet are a constant source of joy in my life.  THANK YOU!

Do you have any memories of good times you’ve shared with us?  Did you have a favorite story we didn’t include in this post?  Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Happy blog birthday and a new year! Fishing has had a way of easing the tough parts of life for me as well. In this age of stimulation overload, it’s the one activity the sheds all of it away where it can’t find you.

    I hope I get the chance to fish every fourth day this year 🙂

    • Every fourth day eh?  You my friend have a healthy addiction!

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