I was sick of reading and talking about this sport and today I took my fly rod (nothing special but it is my first) to the river by my house and tried to learn how to cast. It was an absolute blast and nearly three hours passed in a blink of an eye. I can't wait to get back out there and reduce some of the mistakes I made today.
Now if there were cameras recording this I probably would win America's Funniest Video Grand Prize; however, by the end I actually was getting close to where I was aiming. And this is where the title of the blog comes from. First and foremost I have to learn how to tie some knots and fast. I realized that I didn't have any tippet material on my leader (rookie mistake) and attempted to join the two (frustration won out and I stuck with just the leader). I may be wrong but I think this impacted my casting (that is my story and I am sticking to it).
Another thing that happened was I saw bugs dancing on the water and having a Smokey Mountain Fork Tail (thank you again Alan) bouncing along the water top with them was special. Being a spinner guy I have see dragon flies "kiss" the water before but today was different because I was the competition (maybe, sort of, kind of) with these bugs. It is funny how a different perspective can change sometime you have viewed a hundred times before.
The water finally has receded and the banks were dried out enough so they could support someone. This is the stretch of the river that I casted on today.
Another lesson I learned is if I want to smoke a cigar (today's choice was a Perdomo Champagne 10th Anniversary) I need a windproof lighter.
As my time on the water drew near to the end, I really was getting more comfortable casting. This is in no way implying that I have it down because that is not the case; however, I am no longer as anxious about what will happen when I load the line and launch it toward the water.
It is suppose to snow here tomorrow so I may not get out again for several days but I can't wait to get back to the river.
I really am not trying to catch trout now (although if it happened I would be ecstatic) because I have to focus on technique; however, the time is approaching fast and I can't wait to pursue trout with a fly in earnest.
One question: how much tippet should I add to the leader?
Any other suggestions are welcome.