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Another year has slipped past us. Without being to cliche, where in the world did 2016 go? What a whirlwind. We dealt with high water, low water, closed water, good water, bad water, hungry trout, persnickety trout, river closures, and overall - some pretty dang good fishing.

My daughters are growing like weeds, of course, and learning to really love the outdoors. I can't say enough about how proud I am of McCall. She spent lots of time in my boat and being my guide assistant. To those of you that let me take this liberty - thank you. It means so much. Thanks to Sarah Grigg for this awesome image of her and her puppy.

Looking ahead, as I am not much of a history fan, I can only be excited for what 2017 has to bring. It seems we are having a fair winter, and let me tell you - it is winter. Although the cold has me ready to migrate to the southern hemisphere it is great to experience the foundation of a great summer. That's right. Silver linings folks. You cant have one without the other!

We have added to our hosted trips around the world for 2017 while keeping the quality you expect when visiting the Stonefly. I am happier than ever with our crew both at the lodge and on the water and suspect you will see all the same faces this coming season. Look for more hosted trips to The Seychelles, Lousiana, Mexico, Alaska and who knows where else!

In 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit St. Brandon's atoll in the Indian Ocean. With a group of 6 pale skinned fly anglers we set out on one of the greatest adventures I have ever been on. After two major ocean crossings, several painfully long airline flights, and countless severe hangovers we, as a group, caught dang near every species available on the pristine flats of the atoll. The highlight of my fly fishing career came on this trip, and while you might think it was this whopper of a GT - it was actually surviving a full scale shark attack on Julies Flat. While the story itself is far better told over a few cold ones, I will say this. I have always thought I am not afraid of death - however when it comes knocking I will go kicking and screaming. That's about how it went down - and I lived to fish another day.

My apologies for the lack of activity on this here blog. Those that know me I am sure I will attest to the fact that over the last year there hasn't been any moss growing under my feet. Having went through a major life change in the last couple years I have decided that my main focus, other than my daughters would be to get busy livin' and not dyin'. Mission accomplished. I will say that.

At any rate, sorry for the rambling. While it feels great to actually be productive in some fashion - this is the first day we will have been above freezing temps in a month, and I am going to run my bird dogs.

Here's to more casts and less tangles in 2017.

Dan "Rooster" Leavens

One of the few Simms endorsed outfitters in the United States, your outfitter and lodge owner Dan "Rooster" Leavens knows what it takes to get the job done right, the first time. From his guide crew to his office staff you can count on a professional, courteous, entertaining and hard working team that will make you feel at home during your stay.
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