It has been an interesting week. We knew a
preacher years ago, who when presented with a
particularly unattractive baby, (and not wanting
to insult the proud parents) would smile and say,
"My, what an interesting baby!"
It hasn't been THAT bad, but busy with an twist
and turn or two.
We got to see some of our Sponsors, and that is
always great! There were also a few of our FAOL
folks there who we haven't seen in a while, so
that's a real treat too. Not as good as fishing,
but it sure beats being chained to the computer
seven days a week. By the way, the picture on
the front page is one of our Sponsors, Yellow Dog
Travel! We never did get to visit with them,
they were really busy every time we came by!
A few high lights. We have been asked about a
particular entry level cane fly rod which one
of our Sponsors, Elkhorn is selling. I
'wiggled' it a year ago, but did not have an
opportunity to cast it - mostly because the
casting pond was booked with programs and finding
a spot to actually cast was very tough. The
situation this year wasn't much better, but I
did make a point to make time to get on the
casting pond. The rod I cast was the 7 ft., 4
weight, 2 piece with an extra tip and nicely
finished. The normal retail price of the rod
is $595. So how did it cast? Just dandy!
For the person wanting to try cane? Go for it.
By way, the show special price was $325. How
could you go wrong? You might check to see if
Elkhorn is going to be at a show in your area.
I can't guarantee what price any of the rods
will be, but I do know the 5 wts. were all gone
by 10:00 am on Saturday. It's hard to argue
against purchasing a brand new cane rod when
the price is equal or less than a graphic rod.
We also took the Cortland Sylk line along on a
reel for a couple of folks to cast who had not
yet had an opportunity to see or cast one. The
response was the same from all - very pleasantly
surprised! We understand at least one company
is already trying to reverse engineer the line
so they can come out with one of the same type.
That is a real compliment to Cortland. Also a
good indication that the line companies realize
the cane 'facination' is more than a passing fad.
Even better for the folks who really love cane rods.
Wait until you try one on a graphite rod.
Another good thing this past week, you will be
seeing three new Sponsors soon here on Fly
Anglers OnLine. Good companies who we have
been trying to bring on board for some time.
We are delighted to welcome them to the FAOL
family of Sponsors. We have also re-designed
our Sponsor page, so if you haven't checked
that out recently you might take a look.
We did spend just a few minutes with A. K.
Best - I've talked with him on a phone,
exchanged emails with him, but yesterday
was the first 'in person' meeting. He is
as charming as I expected. I was surprised
to learn he checks out FAOL twice a day, and
we are the first thing he reads Monday. He
has new book coming out, and we'll keep an eye
out for that too.
Castwell did treat me to a very nice dinner
in Seattle before we took the ferry back home,
so it was a nice close to the day. Don't let
anyone know, (I don't want to ruin his image)
but he quite often brings dinner home when I've
been busy so I don't have to cook, and it's not
from the fast food joints either.
A good-sized bunch of folks are headed for Florida
for the Fish-In down there, in fact, some have
already made it according to the posts on the
Bulletin Board. We expect to hear from them this
week with a blow-by-blow report on who caught what.
Should be a great time! Since we've got a bunch
of rain forecast here (and I see snow in the east)
I guess we can envy them without anyone complaining
much. Enjoy it folks!
We've had an unusually large amount of email, some
from of out of the country asking about Al Campbell,
and we've done out best to answer their questions
and help them to get email to Al. For those who
haven't followed the posts on the Bulletin Board,
Al is headed for Great Falls, MT on Tuesday for a
week or so to see his family up there while he is
able. So if you don't see any posts by him on
the Bulletin Board, or if you have emailed him,
don't expect a reply for a while. Our 'normal'
email here is several hundred a day, and it's been
doubled recently. If I haven't responded to yours,
forgive me, I will get to it.
I've also been contacted by a couple of folks
who stumbled onto my articles on my old summer
home in Michigan. One has moved back there and
is putting together a web page to try and connect
folks who lived there. Turns out his family
lived on the same street my grandparents did,
just down the block. Small world, connected by
That's been our week here - hope yours has at
least been 'interesting' as well. ~ DLB
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