Birthday Brown

by Rebecca on May 21, 2012

in Fly Fishing

Brown Trout

A Birthday Brown

Whenever a Birthday comes along I find myself faced with the same questions. And no, the questions aren’t pondering the meaning of life as the time clock ticks another one off on me.

I’m saving the meaning of life questions for a more pressing time, like if I find myself drowning after taking a step too far into a river. Less time for regrets that way…

The birthday questions come from others and they usually fall along the lines of — what do you want and what do you want to do — and I’ll shrug my shoulders and vaguely say, “Surprise Me.”

Doing that leaves a lot of things up to chance, but I have to say, this year the family did good. Really good. First off, I got a new fly rod. A 12 wt fly rod that should eliminate my recent fears of fly rod snap when pursuing big salmon. With this birthday present I feel like I’ve upgraded from a willow stick to a tire iron.

In other words, bring it on salmon…I’ll no longer be snapping off on purpose to save a fly rod. (Anyone have some reel suggestions?)

~ Thank You Family ~

rainbow troutSince my birthday was Sunday, they also strategically planned the gathering early in the morning and when we had finished up, they sent me off fly fishing for the afternoon.

A birthday spent fly fishing (with family approval)…does it get much better than that?

My first fish was a dinky little rainbow trout, not exactly the Birthday Brown I was hoping for, but I had a picture taken anyway, just in case that was my big catch.

The day went exactly as I had hoped (and I imagine my family hoped) — I caught fish. Big fish, little fish, birthday fish.

I never fell into the water and was forced to ponder the meaning of life. I always consider that a bonus to a day of fishing.

All in all…a great day even if it means I now have to be another year older.

Bandon Approved


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

AZWanderingsNo Gravatar May 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Congrats on a great fish and a birthday spent on the water. Sounds like a winner.



CoNo Gravatar May 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

HA! Bandon rules! LOVE that shot…those ears are just begging to be scratched!

Congrats on the b-day fishies…life doesn’t really get much better than that, I would say.


ShoremanNo Gravatar May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Happy Birthday Rebecca. Now that you have a 12 wt, maybe a little time at the gym on free weights would be in order. I remember swinging a a 9wt Spey and it damn near killed me. Can’t be too prepared.



Henry MitchelNo Gravatar May 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Sounds that you really enjoyed your day!

Congrats and God bless!


Matt SmytheNo Gravatar May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Fantastic. Here’s to [insert age] more birthdays spent exactly the same way.


Roderick Hawg-BrownNo Gravatar May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Silly fly anglingdame, A 12 weight is a good place to start. For a reel, I recommend anything expensive with a carbon fiber disc drag. I like a good quality smoke.


BarbaraNo Gravatar May 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

What a beauty! :)


Fred TelleenNo Gravatar May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Fishing on your birthday is the defining answer as is your joy at landing a great fish.


The Functioning FishaholicsNo Gravatar May 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

Happy belated birthday! Nice fish!


cofisherNo Gravatar June 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Dear Rebecca,

Sorry, I missed the party…but Happy Birthday to youuuuu…Way to celebrate like a kid.


davidNo Gravatar June 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

nice work and happy b-day!


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