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May 18, 2009

– As I finally settle in at my new home is southern Maine I find myself facing a new challenge, writer’s block.

It’s extremely unusual for me to struggle with writing, especially when the possibilities are limitless. Maybe it’s the new location, lack of sleep, or need to go fishing, but I’ve had the hardest time concentrating on anything today. One things for sure, this move from one end of the state to the other will take some getting used to! What I have found is that the more time I have to sit and do nothing, the less likely I am to sit down and write. I start work tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier. I need some structure to my life for a number of reasons, and a set schedule should help set me back on track. Strangely enough, it should also help my writing.

Perhaps one of the places I will miss most in Northern Maine this summer.

Perhaps one of the places I will miss most in Northern Maine this summer.

With summer work starting for me early tomorrow morning, a few changes will be noticed on Up’North. First and foremost, the “Morning Coffee” post will not be a daily occurrence. I’ve found that my hours just won’t allow me enough free time every morning to write, so a morning post won’t be possible. That’s not to say that I’ll never post in the morning, and I’ll surely do my best, but no promises. Look forward to a “Mornin Coffee” post every weekend, and more regularly during the week when school starts again in the fall. The way things look now, the majority of Up’North’s updates will come during the evening hours somewhere between work and the occasional fishing foray. Since this is the only time available for me to update, expect multiple stories, reviews, or pictures on some nights. I’ve made it a habit to provide fresh content daily since MaineFlyCastings.com began in February, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

It’s where I learned to fish, love to fish, and will continue to fish for the rest of my life.

On a side note, lately I’ve been hearing a lot of criticism towards my migration to southern Maine, given my claim to northern Maine fly fishing. Apparently some people are concerned that Up’North Maine Fly Castings might not be the best name for the site anymore since I’m not reporting simply on fishing in Aroostook County. Let me be clear on this. No matter where I am, fishing, working, whatever, I’ll always be from Northern Maine. It’s where I learned to fish, love to fish, and will continue to fish for the rest of my life. I want Up’North to represent me as an individual as well as the people of northern Maine and their fishing exploits, wherever they may be. I feel like regionally fly fishermen are very different, and I’ll continue to work my hardest to give the guys (and gals) from the north a possitive voice in the “sport” we love.

The Tandem Streamer Rig that worked so well for me during my week home in action!

The Tandem Streamer Rig that worked so well for me during my week home in action!

For now im exploring my new surroundings and admittedly missing home. After work tomorrow I plan on taking a ride to check out the Presumpscot River and possibly fishing it depending on when I get out. The long weekend should provide my first real chance to do some fishing, whether it’s for Stripers, Bass, or Trout is still unknown, but I’ll keep you posted. It should be an exciting summer, and I hope I can translate enough of my fun into articles that everyone can enjoy. Check back often, because things should get really interesting!

Wish me luck on my first day of work tomorrow!

Tight lines,

-Ben

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 4:30 pm

    Poland Springs,
    Like 20 minutes from Windham, 1 hour from Portland

  2. May 19, 2009 10:38 am

    Where in Southern Maine are you again? (It’s still a big state to some of us.)

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