Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Perfect Evening in Central Park

Alex trying out Kat's spey rod in Central Park.

May 25, 2011. You couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening--casting with fellow Juliana's Anglers: Alex, Jen, Kat, Linda, Marcy, and Shannon, under a deep blue sky, surrounded by the green lushness of Central Park. (Well, perhaps casting with the Juliana's AND Brad Pitt/George Clooney).

Craig had us focus on shooting line. We spread out on the grass and preceded to warm up. Eventually, as I fell into the rhythm of my cast, the noise of the city and interested stares of passerbys faded away. Craig made the rounds: working with each us individually, assessing our casts and skill level, before having us participate in exercises designed to improve our technique.

2 young girls around 11 years old stopped by and asked Shannon what we were doing. Shannon responded then looked at me and smiled, both of us thinking: 2 future Juliana's anglers, perhaps? Kat had brought along 3 rods with her including a spey rod which she wielded like a ninja warrior. It was beautiful to watch--like tai chi with rod and floating gossamer line.

Craig ended the session by showing us the snap technique which I will attempt to use (hopefully without hooking myself) on the next fishing trip. Lucky Linda won the $100 gift certificate to Housatonic River Outfitters.

As the sun began to set in Central Park, with the Met as our backdrop, I thought just how fortunate I am to have found a hobby that allows me to enjoy both the beauty of the outdoors (even in NYC) and the camaraderie of such wonderful women.

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