Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A Job Like Santa Claus Has
Look at him! Tying flies while sluffing off again. Notice the cookies on the table? Yeah... that's commonplace at the Claus homestead. Mrs. Claus keeps him in a constant supply of eggnog, along with sugar plum and chocolate-chip cookies. Let's face it... Santa is a kept man.
I want a job like Santa Claus has. Why? He only works one day a year for crying out loud! The other 364 days a year he's laying back, living life large, footloose and fancy-free! Ever wonder what he does on those 364 days? I know! He fly fishes!
And where does he fly fish you might ask? Hey, this is Santa Claus - he fly fishes wherever he wants to. He's got his own personal air travel with the sleigh and reindeer. Just a few examples of where he fly fishes include Alaska, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, Patagonia, New Zealand, Blue River, and Rock Creek... just to name some of the many places he gets to fish.
And gear? Santa Claus is the ultimate giver of gifts, so every fly fishing manufacturer in the world send him samples of their latest models and innovations. Fly rods include Winston, Orvis Helios, Temple Fork Outfitters, Sage, and Albright. Then there are reels - Abel, Ross, Hardy, and many more. Other gear include waders from Simms or L L. Bean, boots from Patagonia or Korkers. The guy has it made.
What species does Santa fish for? Try char, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, brookies, rainbows, taimen, smallmouth, carp, redbreast, bonefish, and on and on and on.
Let's be honest. Most of the year, Santa Clause is a bum. C'mon now... we all know the elves do all the down and dirty, nitty-gritty work and it's because Santa is sluffing off 364 days a year. But, he does indeed goes to work every year on December 24th.
So, here we have a guy who fly fishes 364 days a year, works one day a year, and is adored by millions and millions of people across the world.
That's the kind of job any of us should want.