Welcome to my site

I am an avid fly fisherman who suffered a right-side, carotid dissection in 2011. The stroke left my with moderate-to-profound left-side weakness. This disability has rendered me unable to play piano, to cut meat or other foods, and to button the right sleeves of my shirts. It also robbed me of my ability to flycast (I’m left handed), to access most fishable water, and to safely wade any water deeper than a few inches. Tasks such as tying flies, changing leaders, unhooking fish, and a wide range of other fishing-related tasks, have become daunting, and in some cases, undoable.

I hope with this blog to connect with other fishermen, and for that matter, other stroke survivors, to share suggestions and tips, to share stories, to vent, to brood, to celebrate, and foremost, to know that we are not alone.

I hope to hear from you!

21 thoughts on “Welcome to my site

  1. Hello Tom! It has been so so long old friend. I have not fished in years but I also hope to fish “vicariously” thru your blog. Please post some pictures of your favorite spots too if possible. Shanna


  2. Tom i just read this. hope you find ways to get back to fishing. let us know. Sigrid has been a control in a stroke study for about 10 years and I’ll ask her if they’ve published results yet. – Phil


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    When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however,
    when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues.

    I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent website!


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  6. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!


  7. Good post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Thank you!


  8. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted
    to say fantastic blog!


  9. Tom, I’ve loved reading your stories! You are such a talented writer. Have you ever written any books?


    1. Hi Julie,
      Great to hear from you and thanks so much for your kind words! I haven”t written any books but I have some published short stories. I’ll send you a story. How are you? How’s the music business?


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