Friday, December 30, 2011


Resolutions: a commitment that a person makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.

With every year that passes, people all around the world make resolutions for change. It’s almost a call to action to set out and make this next year better then the past. I have never been a big fan of these “new year’s resolutions”. I have always thought if there’s something I want different in my life now, why wait?

Brian with a nice wisconsin steelhead
This week, something out of the ordinary happened. I was contacted on my email by another local outdoor writer who expressed a sincere interest in producing some quality content for the Illinois Wisconsin Fishing blog. The thought of expanding the author pool has crossed my mind a few times. I have never actually acted on that thought other than trying to twist Damien’s arm for some more driftless and harbor reports. As I mulled the idea over and over in my head, I became halfway flattered and halfway sick. This blog over the past two years has become my fourth child and the thought of putting it up for adoption was scary. My fears were put to rest after having a chance to really look at this mystery mans work. He brings to the table a diverse fishing spectrum chasing almost everything that swims. His thoughts come across very well written and his videos are off the hook. Then I had the opportunity to talk to him… and what I found is an individual who is very motivated to share his outdoor experience with all who are willing to read. We share many similar goals and have very close family dynamics.  With all that being said, it’s my pleasure to introduce Brian Schiller as a new writer for the blog. Welcome to the team and I’m very excited about the new opportunities your presence will bring to the table.

another driftless trout addict
Anyone who has ever written a blog or produced an online website that frequently updates its content knows it takes a certain type of person to stick with it. I've seen many bloggers come out strong but quickly their interest wanes. This isn't a paid job and these chosen few who stick with it must have a strong passion for sharing with others about the outdoor diversity found in our backyards. I’m confident that we now have two of these “chosen few” to take this site into 2012.

Here is our short list of goals-

  • expanded coverage of new water and different species
  • upgraded photo quality with my new cannon t3i
  • new videos
  • more flies (recipes and instructional videos)
  • new product reviews
  • finally convincing Damien to write a few posts
  • hunting?
May your 2012 be filled with many wonderful moments, good health, and good fortune. Thanks for reading!


  1. Keep it up Blake. No doubt next year will be even better.

  2. Congrats, Blake! I remember your resistance to this idea when I added a writer to my site. Good for you!

  3. IWF just keeps getting better!
    Happy New Year guys

  4. Blake
    Your blog is one of my favorites, and am looking forward to more great post for 2012.

  5. Looking forward to seeing what you have lined up for us in doubt it will be great!

    Wishing you all the best int the coming year.


  6. I'll be looking forward to your fishing adventures this 2012. Keep up the good work guys! Happy fishing!

  7. It’s always good to have a new addition to your team, especially when you know that this person will surely share great his ideas and experience with you. So, how’s your fishing expeditions lately? Did Brian have the chance to go on a fishing trip with you?