The year just past was, for me, a good fishing year. It began with a Florida Keys trip in April, which also included flyfishing for peacock bass in some canals near Miami. The peacocks were fun, unusual, and something I'd never done before. The most fun I had last year, though, was flyfishing for smallmouths out of Wheaton's Lodge in southeastern Maine. The bass were eager to whack surface bugs, fought hard, and had me smiling all day long.