In the years past I have learned so much about fly fishing. And I have improved 100%- from the very first year I attended
The rules of the trip are: pick a partner and then get paired with a guide. Everything that is caught in the morning is then fried up at lunch and served potluck style with salads and desserts the other ladies brought. After lunch and chatting – pick a new partner different guide and fish the remaining way down with the option of keeping or releasing any fish caught. (I always release). This year I was paired in the morning with a lady that has been fishing for a very long time. Her casting is amazing and I was always sort of striving to someday be as good. Well yesterday I would say I have become a fairly good caster (not as good as Marika) but my knowledge of what is going on in the water and key spots to cast are a bit stronger. Not that you necessarily need this knowledge if you are with a guide who wants to teach and show. (I was fortunate to have the same guide all day and he was eager to teach). In the afternoon the fishing is a bit slower-it is warm and the sun is hitting the water straight on. This gave me a chance to get to know a new lady to our club who has never fly fished. Her experience was zero. She had lost her husband a few years prior and she was just getting out to learn new things. Very kind lady.
I have never caught a sizable fish in the afternoon but yesterday I DID!! It was exciting and on a dry-fly in an area I did not anticipate a fish to be holding. (Key to a good guide 🙂 who can hold the boat in tricky water.
After the day was finished I carpool a group back to our breakfast meeting spot and said our goodbyes. Some I won’t see again for a year and others I will see at our next club meeting. We always reconnect no matter how long it has been as if no time has passed. It is wonderful!!