A couple of weekends ago, Tazer and I returned to our fly fishing ways with a second lesson from the good folks at Orvis. This time it was not just casting lines in the parking lot, but a visit to a local pond, in our case, at Lake Foxcroft Park. Once again, members of the local Trout Unlimited were there as our coaches.
We started off by choosing a rod, choosing a spot on the bank, and throwing either poppers (surface bait) or woolly buggers (underwater bait) – I can’t really call it casting. We certainly had forgotten much of what we had learned. After some coaching, we started getting the hang of it again, but, unfortunately, caught weeds and algae to the exclusion of any fish.
Frustration aside, it was a nice morning to be outside with Tazer and the fly fishing coaches. Once he had enough, we got ready to go when, lo and behold, I hooked a tiny smallmouth bass, completely by accident. Since I had caught something, I was definitely ready to go, but it seemed to revive him, and he continued casting until a green sunfish was on the hook and in his hands. Great way to end the morning.
Someone in your life interested in fly fishing, travel, or both? Patagonia Books has him or her covered. Two releases bring both the action inside and make you want to hit the road (at least that’s how it was in my case).
Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel – an introduction and resource for the sport of Tenkara, which is basically fly fishing without a reel, just a simple telescoping rod and line. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Feeling flush? There is also a hardcover limited edition signed by the authors (including Yvon Chouinard) and comes with four signed original prints by renowned artist James Prosek. This numbered collector’s item retails for $250 exclusively at Patagonia and Patagonia.com. Sales support World Trout, a conservation effort to preserve native trout species worldwide.
Chasing Rumor: A Season Fly Fishing Patagonia follows Cameron Chambers’ trek to Patagonia, a search for simpler times and bigger fish. He went in search of trout, but was hooked by the people and land. Exploding volcanoes, local characters, camping, conservation, and, of course, fly fishing are all woven together. If this doesn’t make you want to chuck it all and travel the world (specifically Patagonia), I feel for you.
Books provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.
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