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I heard it on my ipod this morning and wanted it to be on my blog.
|They went for two.|
|That man was as tall as me.|
|Andy's having a good day too.|
So, anyways on with the fishing. I learned why Sid, the fly casting instructor that has been holding lessons for members of HOSSFLY, my new fly fishing club, says practice your casting before you go fishing. I decided to use a weighted fly tonight that sinks. Having a heavy weight on the end of your leader make a huge difference! I spent a good half an hour trying to get rid of "wind knots" that had gotten stuck up in my leader. It definately took a while to get used to the heavier fly. A little practice would have alleviated this problem.
|I just got all the knots out of my leader.|
Mel Krieger teaches the Double Haul
This really leads me to my next point. I'm going to try to avoid giving actual instructions on fly casting techniques in this blog. If I find a video or article that helped me learn something new, I'll post that. However, I will absolutely avoid pretending like I'm any authority on what I'm doing. The reason for that is this. There are classes and seminars people go to to learn common terminology and ways to teach fly casting techniques. When a person leaves this class they get the value of being in a community of people who understand fly casting well enough to teach it. That takes a pretty special individual, as I learned today while I was picking knots out of my leader instead of fishing.
Sid is a pretty special individual. He is currently working on his Master's Certification for fly casting. He is a qualified instructor and an absolute wealth of knowledge. He recently got back from Belize and had some fantastic stories to tell about fishing for Tarpon. One day I hope I can go to Belize after what he told us about the trip. He's a selfless individual. He seems to genuinely enjoy watching Brian, my roommate, and myself learn when we get together for our lessons. Thanks Sid!
The next point I wanted to make while I was on here was this. If there is a fly fishing club in your area and you have a desire to learn to fly fish, JOIN THE CLUB. HOSSFLY (Historic Ocean Springs Fly Fishing Club) has made me feel incredibly welcome. I was actually invited on a wade fishing trip to the Barrier Islands for the next weekend after my first business meeting (which I had to decline cause my fly rod was late arriving!!!! DAMN IT!)! The club seems to be about four things; Fly Fishing, protecting the environment, promoting the sport of fly fishing to as many people as possible, and comraderie. Everybody seemed to enjoy everybody elses company, new or old. I will be getting more involved with this group as it represents a great cause and opportunity to meet somebody new.
Anyways, tonight's trip yielded no fish. It yielded promise for better fishing though as the bait fish (small fingerlings) were abundant in the shallows and you could actually see pods of bait breaking to avoid the attack of a predator (maybe flounder?). They also seemed to like the way the hair on my legs tasted.
All in all though, it was a great afternoon and I actually fished till after dark. The moon came up. The water calmed down and I was at peace. Too bad I have to go to work tomorrow. I'd still be fishing ;).
|Beautiful Day!!!!! It's rough being me sometimes.|
|I thought I had got the moon. Darn.|