|To the river...|
Of course I had to watch at least one casting demonstration to satisfy the casting geek in me ;). It turned out to be Prescott Smith on Casting in the Wind and Other Difficult Casts. His demo was simple and to the point—the point being that the key to casting successfully in the wind is to maintain constant tension. He used the analogy of a yo-yo, a lasso, and even a racetrack. If you keep your rod loaded at all times, the wind cannot take control of it.
|Prescott Smith physically demonstrating that good casting is ALL about technique, not strength.|
On a more positive note—I finally did it! I tied my first fly, something I've been putting off for years. Ironically it was at the FFF learning booth. I tied a black wooly bugger, alongside a fresh-faced 9-year-old girl who was tying a bright pink one ;). It certainly looks buggy. I hope to catch a nice trout with it later this year, although in hindsight, I really should have used a bead head.
Well since this momentous occasion, I have tied 3 more flies: a green caddis emerger, cased caddis, and diving caddis, courtesy of my good friend Kat Rollin. She's a gifted and celebrated fly tyer, known for tying beautiful, traditional salmon flies by hand (no vice!). In her basement, beside her extensive wine cellar, she has an amazing fly tying cave filled to the brim with more materials than I've seen in some fly shops. Thanks again, Kat!
So, back to the flygirl fishing shack... After a month of researching building design options and formulating a concept for the home I wanted to build (modern, open floor plan, green as possible), I decided I should at least look at a few houses on the market before making a final commitment. I saw a wide range of riverfront property and even considered making an offer on one—house was impeccable, river was appealing. But on my second scouting trip, I went to see a property that was over my original budget. Well, it was love at first sight! I fell hard, for an absolutely gorgeous stretch of river and stunning views. I'm afraid I didn't take a very close look at the house. Can't remember the last time I was so impulsive! Perhaps 11 years ago when I quit my job to study Carcharodon Carcharias in South Africa? Well, the house needs quite a bit of work... but the river is perfect!
Hopefully, if things go according to plan, I'll be settled just in time to greet the hendricksons :). I'm making 2013 all about getting back to basics—back to fly fishing (the simple joy of it) and discovering my new home waters (with a few house renovations thrown in). Fingers crossed XX.
|New home waters?...|