Operation Cheddar Brat is complete.
The 1 & 2 Handed Bootcamp
was pretty good; I thought ! We had 19 attendees.
This was a first for the Illinois Steelheaders
who continue to expand their repertoire into even more fly fishing and all things spey.
(Any FIPs reading this.....get to our thursday meeting....We're showcasing some tiny rehabbed streams in illinois that are getting migrating salmonids)
To Kyle, our man who traveled all the way from IOWA.
I've got your TFO rig safe and sound at my house. Except if a good hatch comes off tonight, that is.... PM me to arrange a hand-off.
A big Thank you GUIDELINE
for not just a great equipment lineup to use, but also for great representation !
(WOODLANDER) provided GUIDELINES lineups, literature, amazing equipment (I really took a liking to the LPXe's versatile feel) but more importantly....his instruction and line matching. Doug was wet for 8 hours straight, and really incorporated good skill with good gear.
(HERON) shot laser beams for the grownups and spent time with some newbies. Like, 3 foot tall newbies!!.
Working with kids showed off his patient style of simplicity-based teaching.
I'd also like to thank Dave for his surprise. Early in the day, A distant figure upstream was spotted stalking the water like a wizard, casting away and creeping closer in. Through the hood, we saw it was none other than Ed Ward
(RIVERADDICT) who shared his time with us. It was a great opportunity to hear his thoughts on switch rods, casting nuances, with group instruction from one of the best. Thanks a bunch.
Note to self:
There was one glaring ommission with this event. We had no dog! Ya' just gotta have a dog huffing around and making mischief at these things.
There's a quick slideshow online: