Best part for me yesterday was people. Awesome people. Bob Meiser and a whole gang of lovable ruffians buoyed my spirits up and stuffed my belly ! A whole rack o next-Gen Meisers to run through. OMG, there goes the grocery money!! LOL The new MKS are insane.
Gene Oswald freely gave me at least an hour of his time. I have a dip in my sweep that tested his patience
We started working through a veeeeery impressive rack of Bruce and Walkers, rods that challenge you to hit them harder. No, harder. Oh yeah? harder. Gene, the Beastmaster. Standing next to Gene when he really smacks a cast is crazy, man, it's like standing next to a rattlesnake striking. Humbling.
Poppy and his relaxed outlook and kind presence. Tyler and Sandy, quiet, intense, committed to the fish. Mark and Patty, how do you manage to be kind and helpful nonstop?
You know, the rods, the lines, and hawking the next greatest thing (and I love that too) are all awesome, but Spey Clave is fantastic due to fantastic people.
I hopped out of my truck after a long drive feeling pretty crappy, and just fell into the arms of the brothers and sisters of our community. I had a symptom flare and had to bail early, but what a memorable time. Burned into my brain.