A Numbers Game
By Marty Jones
(I’ll bet you thought I was going to write about numbers of fish vs. quality/size of fish. Nope, hope you’re not too disappointed.)
Number of years a resident of Colorado: 30
Number of years fly-fishing: 27
Number of states in which I have fly-fished: 5 (Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska)
Ratio of states/years fly-fishing: 0.185
Number of fly rods I actually fish with: 4
Number of fly rods I own: 7
Number of fly reels I actually fish with: 4
Number of fly reels I own: 8
Ratio equipment I actually use/equipment I own: 0.50 to 0.57
Number of stream or lakeshore miles walked or floated while fishing in a typical year (2018 was not typical year because of the low water): probably less than 100.
Number of bicycles owned: 3
Number of bicycles actually used: 3
Number of miles ridden on bikes during a typical year: 2500 – 3000.
Ratio of fishing miles/bicycling miles: 0.04
Conclusions: (1) Obviously, I learned to fly fish in Colorado, thanks primarily to Mel Armold, Ed Adams and Kay Watkins. (2) Obviously, I need to visit other states (and countries) to go fly-fishing! (3) Obviously, I need to divest some old equipment I no longer use and replace it with better equipment that I will actually use! (4) Obviously, during my retirement I need to increase my fishing miles! (However, if I am to keep in some semblance of physical shape, I must not drastically reduce my bicycling miles) Given the current state of snowpack this winter, I think I can accomplish conclusion 4 this year – check with me in October of 2019!