A week in New York and Pennsylvania, sitting on the banks
of the West Branch of the Delaware and other smaller streams.
We did some walking about, spotting fish for others, a ton of
things actually - but we (my husband JC and myself) didn't
wet a line.
That's not literally true now that I think about it, I did get
my line wet in the accuracy competition, and there was a fly,
except it didn't have a hook.
Fish-ins are gatherings of folks from Fly Anglers OnLine who
get together to swap lies, tie flies, fish and share the stuff
anglers like to share. We liken it to the old days 'opening day.'
Folks then didn't have computers, and couldn't 'visit' in Chat Rooms,
or post to bulletin boards, asking questions or sharing neat
information. There were phone calls of course, but the big deal
was everyone getting together on opening day. Some of those
old-time gatherings were family affairs, brothers, uncles,
brothers-in-law, sons and dads...a great time which really
passed on the information about fly fishing from one generation
The FAOL Fish-in is the closest we have to that in today's society.
Yes, there are TU and FFF Conclaves, but those are paid-for events
where there are charges for classes and so on. The Fish-in is more
like the family group than the group grope of the organized conclaves.
FAOL has become a community - family.
Each year it is a joy to meet people we have only spoken with on
the phone, or in the Chat Room or seen their posts on the Bulletin
Board. We seem to add some new faces with each year that passes,
and some of the old-timers no longer attend due to various
reasons - but their input over the years is still valuable
to all of us.
We will have a page or two of photos from this latest Fish-in for
you to see in a few days. There were folks who fished, and Jeff
Fields (Grizzly Hackle) took the largest, a 22 inch brown trout.
He also took an unplanned swim from a canoe with fellow angler
Shep Parrish (Rapidan)...we don't have all the details yet, since
they were both in the river, wet and the canoe didn't tip over.
We had both a distance and accuracy competition this year, we will
have the scores on those too, but the distance was won by last year's
Most Improved Angler, Eric Reilly (Fishstick) who took the bus down
from Canada to be at the Fish-in. Nice to see a young man beat out
the older men. We had the first fly tying competition, which ended in
a three-way tie. A 'Tie Off' was held, and the winner was Bob Montuori (Monty).
We have the winning fly and a photo of that will show up as well.
We had a new face at the Fish-In, one who many of you already know
from the chat or bulletin board - Bob Nunley (Caneman) who has
discovered distance casting. He did pretty well too - he came
in third after Ray DuBois (Saltfly) who took second.
There are more, as soon as JC sorts out the photos, we'll get
lots of faces for you all to put names on. There were certainly
some surprises, and some disappointments too. More on that later.
It's good to be home, nothing like knowing your bed is there ready
for you, (even though we do take our pillows with us on the road)
and I don't mean to be crass here, but no matter where one stays,
it's very nice to sit on your own toilet when you get home.
Stay tuned...photos to come. ~ LadyFisher
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