Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trout fest 2012



Troutfest was fun.  There were demonstrations by Master fly casting instructors and clinics for beginners with Estrogen. (Patty took a Ladies- only clinic with Charity Rutter.)
There were  rod vendors and master rod makers, artists and fly tiers, groups with especial interest to the area like the Appalachian Bear rescue. (I’ll spare you the pictures of bear scat, but know that they have already rescued 35 puny little bears that came out of hibernation as yearlings weighing as little as 10 pounds.  All but three have been plumped up and returned to the wild. If you want a good cause, look them up. )

That’s a $450 solid walnut rod case lined with premium cowhide and featuring buffalo hide handles –- it will hold TWO of your $3000 custom Split Bamboo rods and two reels.
The talks were great.  We especially enjoyed Ian and Charity Rutter , local guides and authors.  Ian was our “Buddha” when we were learning to trout fish and we never fail to learn something new from him.
Saturday night Jason Borger, son of a legendary fisherman and inventor, told us about the making of A River Runs Through It.  He was 21 years old, playing the fishing double for Brad Pitt and directed by Robert Redford.  Great talk followed by a showing of the Movie.  Has it really been twenty years?
And the food, you ask. Top flight barbeque, home made ice cream and Nonnie’s Fried Pies!  Nonnie’s grands wanted to help, so she send them around with little samples.  Who could resist? 

Sunday night we couldn’t wait to try out our new knowledge.  With all the new techniques swimming around in our heads, neither of us could hit the water.  We decided that some lawn practice was in order.  Don’t worry. We slept it off and this morning the fishing was good and trout lunch was better.

Patty found something she has a use for…IMG_3550

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