Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

By Tom Keer

Dec 23, 2014

I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.

I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers. The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn't really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.

I’m not going to pay that kind of bogus invitation forward. Instead, I’m going to pass out invitations to my landlocked, boot-wearing friends to come on out on my boat. It’d be a way to give them a different view of the water, and I hope they’ll come. A day on the boat will add a little variety to their fishing program, and that’s always a good thing.

I’m also going to invite some folks that don’t get to fish that often. A few of them, and we can go on a week day or at night. A little flexibility in scheduling is all that is needed, so I’ll remain elastic.


There are also few folks that have talked about getting back in to fishing. A number of them fished as kids and then as they got older they just drifted away. It’s time to get them back into the groove, so I’ll be sure to get them scheduled.

Lastly, but not least, there are some folks that have never gone fishing. Based on the fact that I technically live on an island that is surrounded with such a wide variety of fish, from trout to tuna, they have never caught ‘em up. They’re the ones that need a bunch of different invitations.


So let’s go. If you get an invitation from my colleague Debbie Hanson, be sure to take her up on it. She’s all the time getting into fish!

Tom Keer
Tom Keer
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program.  Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits.  When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.  His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011.  Visit him at or at