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I had no real expectations one year ago other than being able to easily share a few videos and pictures with friends. It started with a suggestion from friend and fellow blogger David Hunter to use blogging as a vehicle for exposure. Tackle Shop and the rest of the "Dead Fisher Crew" have been a constant source of inspiration with their exploits, photos and story ideas. The reality is they are not part of MY crew...I am part of their's and am simply just the official chronicler.
In the beginning it was difficult, trying to compose entertaining and informative posts to an invisible audience, never quite sure if they were being read and if so ...by whom? Audience feedback in the form of comments took months to materialize but eventually appeared regularly after being added to a few follower's blogrolls and gaining further exposure from timely shout outs by avid supporters of "up and comers" like Blake at illinoiswisconsinfishing
From my perspective, the bottom line is that without an audience this is just a self indulgent practice in mental masturbation. The upside is that I no longer keep a fishing log book and my addiction to fishing magazines is all but cured. Many of the blogs I regularly visit are written far more eloquently than any fishing rag with the photographic quality of National Geographic, and unsurpassed fly tying skills and imagination. Imagine... these talented people actually taking the time to read and comment on my humble offerings...sometimes I'm baffled, but most times I'm inspired by them to achieve.
THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!
Now...a sadder topic has come to light with a comment left on my last post. I've always made a point of advising new anglers to always check the local fishing regulations for any given body of water as they vary considerably. I now find myself guilty of ignoring my own advice, and worse...guilty of poaching!
All the major rivers in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) drainage area have extended seasons for trout and salmon so it never occurred to me to check out the regulations for Highland Creek. As it turns out I've been fishing illegally several miles north of the accepted boundary. Luckily I've suffered no repercussions yet except a bruised ego and slightly tarnished reputation but my biggest concern is the misleading information I've posted here and the possible legal implications I may have caused others. I humbly apologize for my major mistake and vow to check the veracity of any information in future postings.