Every year I take the week between Christmas and New Year's off, mostly to hang with family, but also to get my last licks on my local waters with friends before our fishing licenses expire. Just yesterday I made my final cast of 2013, throwing flies at pickerel with some pals. A few days ago I stuck some nice trout during a frosty morning with friend and guide Nick Raftas, and the weekend before Santa came down the chimney, it was pike on the fly with my friend Joe Demalderis. Considering it's winter, it was a pretty good last hurrah. But you can't help think about the season as a whole this time of year, and I must admit, I've had better.