cuban and scotch? sheesh, climb back into your Eddie Bauer SUV and go pose elsewhere, piebald.
you probably have a ghillie too.
standing in or next to a mountain stream is its own reward. if you need a cigar and scotch to make fishing tolerable, you have spent far too much time in the "civilized world" and need to uncivilize yourself. or that's how I see it anyway.
but back home, after all is said and done, nothin' wrong with puffin' the cuban or sipping the malt. or smokin' whatever and drinkin' whatever.
I just replaced my wading boots for the first time since I took up fishing 15 years ago. They'd been resoled 2x and the seams were gone. Got some older model Patagucci Beefy Wading Shoes w/ tungsten studs for a great price from Sierra Trading post.
As to waders, my Simms KBS (distinctly NON-breathable like a sauna suit) waders also are 15 years old. and they have about 10 holes patched with various kinds of tape. So, since Sierra Trading Post had some Cortland breathables for a great price too, and I got those.
I've already committed to fishing again this year. I didn't fish at all last year and only 1 time the prior year. this year is the year of the backcountry stream bonanza.