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This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm

May 10th, 1999

You're Invited!

You just never know how someone will perceive something.

For several weeks we have had information on the FAOL Summer Fish-In on the front (main) page. And a lot of folks have read it - at least according to our stats program.

So forgive me for being confused. I almost fainted the other night, when in the Chat Room a fellow asked why he hadn't received his invitation to the Fish-In. He wasn't kidding.

Then it dawned on me maybe others felt the Fish-In was just for a certain group. It isn't.

Without further adieux, here is your personal invitation.

You're Invited!

How this all started is pretty amazing. Last summer JC and I decided to take a fishing trip to Yellowstone. We used to live in the region, love it, and wanted to spend some time fishing trout. (Living on the Washington coast our trout fishing is very limited.) One or both of us mentioned it in the Chat Room, and pretty soon people were asking for the dates, and where were we going to fish?

By golly, a few folks showed up! And we had a grand time.

Almost immediately the questions started again, where were we going to go in 1999?

Al Campbell became the "committee" and the one-man vote was for the Black Hills in South Dakota. They do have fine fishing, the water is not fished anywhere as heavily as in Yellowstone, and the Black Hills really are located at the "center" of the US. The dates were set and the information page put up here on Fly Anglers OnLine.

JC and I will be there, a list of the other folks who have let us know they will be there is on the "I'm Going" page.

If you wish to join us, make your own reservations at the campground/motel and we will see you there. Contact information is on that same page. FAOL is not taking reservations, receiving a fee or commission, and is not responsible if you don't catch fish. (Al Campbell might be, he wrote the article.)

Some local S.D. FAOL readers have offered to help point folks in the right direction, and there are some evening activities planned. But everyone is on their own hook - and responsible for their own accomodations, travel etc. It's just an opportunity to meet other FAOL readers who share a common interest in quality fly fishing. No doubt a rod or two will be compared and some flies tied.

Everyone is welcome. This is not just for the folks who visit the Chat Room! If you feel you need more of an invitation, print it out and stuff it in your pocket or fishing vest! I'll sign it for you in South Dakota. ~ LadyFisher

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