I'm 2 years a 2 weeks behind you. I appreciate your putting into words where we've been and where we still have to go. I like how fishing has changed for me. I no longer get up at the ass crack of dawn to be the first on the water and get the maximum fishing time. On the other hand I do still get out early and get as much pleasure from the fishing as ever. Its a bit less strenuous and a whole lot more zen. I've come to appreciate fishing more and catching has become much less important. It is about cherishing every moment when you are out with a line in your hand. Its also about savoring those moments because I can see off in the distance a time when getting out will be harder, difficult wades being passed over when before it was gun-it-and-go.
Truth be told, I think I have dropped much of the unessential parts of fishing, like that great new rod or reel, the new waders etc. and just enjoy what I have while I have it.
It is these youngun's that keep us on our toes, give us a chance to try things we never thought of and also a chance to show 'em how its done. If you are ever in my neighborhood, stop by and we can go kick the can down the road a bit.