Product Review (submitted on March 14, 2012):
What is to be Made of this?
The heavy equipment operator acknowledged my presence and waved me around. I wet waded fifty yards below the soon to be re-built bridge over the Guadalupe River. A perfect Hill country trout morning in March. The almost liquid humidity kept the skies overcast. Trout on and landed first cast!
Although retired, I quit golf in 2005 as it became a true indicia of my age. Fly fishing began in 2008 at the urging of Ann’s cousin who lives in Bozeman, Montana. A starter combo opened doors for exercise, enjoyment and competition only as necessary.
Being fortunate enough to have a place on the Blanco River in the Texas Hill country, gave me the opportunity to learn on my own without witnesses. A kayak soon followed as did reasonably nice equipment. The Texas Hill country has seven spring fed rivers. The Guadalupe River is the farthest southerly trout stream in the US, has the largest GRTU membership in the US, and is twenty-Five minutes away. I joined the GRTU lease program in 2009.
Two major trips await this year, a return to the Big Horn River, and a first try at the waters around Jackson Hole. Now became the time to at least appear as if I were a fly fisherman. With help from a buddy who also sells fly fishing equipment, I thoughtfully compared and tried a number of rods. The Orvis Helios 5wt stopped further searching for me. Then the look alone (and maybe reputation somewhat) of the Ross Evolution LT Brown Trout finished my looking. Yesterday would be my first real use.
Where do thoughts come from? Sure I had fantasies about my dream gear, but no thought of a first cast, first hit, first landing came to my mind. But it happened. Thanks to all who make fly fishing what it is for me.