The past few weeks have brought a few surprises. Sometimes opportunities arise that—while it would be pretty damn nice to keep things as they are—you just can’t ignore. Because new adventures mean new skill sets to gain, new people to meet, new places to see. And I guess I have a track record of not settling down anyway.
You can read the full announcement this morning on Chi Wulff, but in short, I’m leaving Orvis. It’s been a gut-wrenching decision. I’ve learned so much from so many incredible people here, and have made friends that will last a lifetime. Against all odds, life in little ol’ Manchester has grown on me, and there are some pretty awesome things underway at the company right now. Let’s just say it’s not “goodbye” but rather “see you later.”
As some of you know, I’ve accepted a role at the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) as Communications Director. A day after that, I was approached by the good guys at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing to come on board in a writing / photography role. Yellow Dog is an industry leader in fly-fishing travel, and a company I’ve eyeballed for some time.
So the answer was pretty simple. Yeah, let’s do this.
I’ll be relocating to Bozeman in early October. The Montanan in me says this is just in time for good streamer fishing and photographing that mysterious transition between autumn and winter.
My freelance business continues to be the priority, and I’m looking forward to the freedom of not being attached to one of the industry manufacturers. I’ll be actively looking to grow my clientele and partnership base, and there’s some pretty exciting stuff in the pipeline. Stay tuned.
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read the odd drivel I post on here now and again. One chapter is closing, another is opening, and who knows what’s just around the corner.