J. Castwell
November 24th, 1997

End of Season? NOT!

Ok, the season is over, and your casting is still not what you wish it was. No matter; you didn't get that new rod you were going to ... or that reel ...and you didn't get to that stream ... That's the way things go. Too late now to worry about it.

NOT!

So it's cold outside; warm inside. One of the best ways you WILL improve is to ... teach ...

I know, I know. You're not sure what you are doing now! How can YOU teach? By now, you know at least three others that don't know as much as you. Get in touch with them. Set up a meeting at your house. Tell them you are just in this stuff a little way and you would like to start a "meeting" once a week for six, or eight weeks, to take it a little farther.

Go out and rent a casting video, one on tying, or fly fishing. Keep the fire of interest going. If you don't tie yet; get into it! Make a 'group' purchase order. Start something, don't wait for someone else to do it for you.

What's coming soon? Yup, the big gift day. What would improve your casting? A book? How about a new fly line, or better yet, A NEW FLY ROD? Start making a list of EXACTLY what you would like. That may mean you will have to do some looking around. Start now. Give yourself time to do it right. Remember when you wanted something a while ago and the reply was, "not right now, you know what is coming soon."

I am sure your S.O. would not want you to be out fishing with your friends and not look good due to poor equipment? You could leave your name and selection ideas at the fly shop, kind of like a 'bridal registry.' Worth a shot ... If they don't have one, suggest they start one.

The main point here is just this. Stay focused. Don't let seasonal weather stop the progress you have made so far. Keep the interest in the sport. Stay up with what is happening to the fishery. Join a club. Go to a few meetings. When the next season comes around you will be all fired up and rearin' to go. ~ JC

Till next week, remember ...

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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