August 22nd, 2005

Fish-In 2005
By James Castwell

Each one is different and yet they have a degree of sameness about them. Names and faces change from year to year, sometimes even the location does, but the comradery remains the same. Good friends meeting for days of casting practice, fishing, fly-tying and grand evenings of companionship. This year will be no exception.

September 25, through October 1, will see a bunch of us descend on the Three Rivers Resort at Lowell, Idaho for the Fish-In '05. Some may show up early, some a bit after it gets going but all will come away again with a better knowledge of how to handle a fly rod, how to tie a big fluffy caddis and memories of fish sought, fish caught and fish missed. For the week Cutthroat is King and we are in his kingdom. Some of Idaho's most pristine waters surround the campground offering fishing all day long, from nymphs to dries, you can get your fill of sight fishing for the beautiful golden hued 'cutts.'

The LF and I will be fresh back from the big Fly-Fishing show in Denver a few days before and will bring back as much of the new information and possibly some of the brand new products from the show too.

Each morning will find us on the grounds with an assortment of rods and gear and willing to help with any casting problems. There will be a closing dinner on Saturday evening as usual, pot-luck thing, bring your own steak or buy one from the little town just down the road. The evenings will find us hovering around the guys in the main rumpus-room, trying to steal fly tying secrets from the masters.

We may try to create a casting game or two, fly-rods or brooms, who knows. That stuff is always fun. A lot of 'show-and-tell' goes on all through the event with rods, reels, lines, flies and assorted gear being shown around. We have a table for stuff for 'sale or swap' that is always a hit. If you have a rod or something else you are willing to 'live without' bring it along.

We have a 'I'm going list' and if you are coming, email us and we will include your name on it. I know of a few who are coming but their names are not on the list yet. On a very sad not, this will be the first year without a very important man at these events, Al Campbell. No, it will not be the same, ever, without him, yet we must continue, and we shall. He would not have wanted it any other way.

Last year I missed most of the event due to a little health problem that surfaced the day we arrived. Things are under control now and I darn well look forward to antagonizing a few fish. We will have the LadyFisher's new Ron Kusse cane rod for those wishing to see a very high grade quad rod. It is a work of perfection for sure. Be nice, she may let you make a few casts with it, even me she says.

All in all, I hope to see many of you there. Make it if you can. There is some room left I understand. Give them a call. Make sure you mention FAOL, you get a discount if you do. In the meantime, clean your lines, tie up a few big brown caddis flies, patch your waders and gather your gear for the trip. If you have any questions, give us an email, or a phone call. Glad to help. ~ JC

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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