Maybe if I give this thing a good start it will make
up for the rest of it. I hope so. 'Who, what, where,
when and why.' The elements of a well known style of
writing. Then there is this too. 'Beginning, middle,
wrap-up and close.' All good stuff. I apologize, this
will have little of any of them. I try to write things
of value, maybe informative, uplifting, humorous, satirical
or at least causing one to question something. I do not
like to complain. But, I have this stuck in me and need
to get it out. People who, by some perversive nature,
must always find fault and complain about everything
drive me nuts.
I have seen a form of it in the 'guru' who runs a pro-shop.
He will let everyone know how bright and wonderful he is
and how he has the only selection of fly gear that is
worth anything. He is stuck when anything new comes out.
It must be bad, after all, he already has the best stuff.
So, the new item or company must be bad. Example. "Those
'Bubbles Company' rods all suck!" Or something similar.
The 'whatever it is, they are against it,' guys. If
they only payed fifty bucks for a rod, any rod over
that price is a over-rated hunk of junk. A fly reel
costing above a certain price or having some feature
(multiplier, wide-frame, anti-reverse, sissy-colored
paint job), you name it, they are against it. Why? You
got me. They just seem to be born that way. Somehow it
makes them think they are above everyone else if they
are smarter than the rest of us by being against
If you like a slow rod, you are dumb; a fast one is the
only way smart guys go. If you like a fast rod, you are
stupid to fall for all that crap the manufacturers tell
you. Another example is the casting analyzer. Some are
adamantly against it and will not consider even trying
it. They know nothing about it, but know enough to know
it is worthless. Ok, I'm not going to begin to try to
convince them to try it, or slow rods, or fast ones, or
other brands or anything else. I could give a rats behind
But, for them to try to spread their 'gloom and doom'
around to the rest is just plain not right. If they
want to go around in a black funk, let them, but stay
out of my camp. Go haunt someplace else. Fly-fishing
is fun. All of it. Thinking about it. Getting ready to
do it. Planning, tying, fiddling, going, casting, lying,
and remembering. I like it a lot. And I plan on keeping
it that way.
Sorry for all of this, but darn it, I just had to do
it. I will try to do better next week. ~ JC