I got an email this past week from a Minnesota fellow, Tom Stafford. He was interested in my fly fishing and mostly in learning how to fly cast. While he owned a couple of rods he hadn’t yet had much time on the water and needed some “tweeking’; we talked via the phone and arrived at a time for him to meet me at our property here in NW Wisconsin.
Our plan was to take a couple of hours and travel down the Totagatic River; cast, catch some fish, etc. … the water was so low that it quickly became evident that we wouldn’t make our pick up time a few miles downstream. I audibled and called Vickie, told her to pick us up at the same point that we had put in … but the same time we were supposed to be picked up a few miles downstream.
I knew there was a perfect spot in the river to beach the boats and just concentrate on fly casting and learning how to fish for … and land fish. Tom was a newbie at the sport … but had the perfect mentality to learn and quickly started seeing results as we spoke about simple things like line hand, rod hand and probably the biggest killer of all … keeping your line hand (left hand) away from the rod during the cast, creating a single or first haul off the water.
It was evident to me that I had both a good person and a great student who was willing to take direction and then put it into practice. After 30 minutes or so of casting and talking we created a pattern that allowed Tom to cast about 25 feet in front of him.
I hadn’t yet came to the ‘landing’ portion of the lesson when low and behold…a smallmouth took Tom’s popper. The fish was lost … but lesson two was how to land and lip a smallmouth. Two casts later another smallie cooperated and Tom did just as the teacher directed … and landed a nice, plump, 12 inch fish.
In the next 45 minutes we discussed fly casting, fly fishing … and Tom ended up landing another 5 nice smallmouth and lost a fish of real trophy size. Sacre’Bleu … or so it goes!
What a fun day; fun for both student and teacher. Tom and I are friends and will be from here forward … I expect to see him back up here in the land of plenty. I expect that the next time he will have practiced more and be ready for a full day on the water. God is good and blesses people (all of us) with days like these.
You have probably figured out that I have a pet scripture; Gal 6:9. Today was a perfect example of these wise words; let us not get tired in doing what is right for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessings … if we don’t get discouraged and give up! Do something good for another … take someone fishing; you might just end up meeting one of those really nice humans … like I did today!
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