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!