Hello airwhipper and welcome. I'm turning 66 in a few months and hate to ask what they would call me! I was away from the sport for many years and have just re-entered the game. I think that the gear has almost as much attraction to me as the actual fishing. I don't catch a lot of those hawgs you will see posted on the forum. Brookies around here are 6" to 12" normally. I will have to get out and look a little harder. My practice has helped me with the wind knots but I still joust with the occasional tree, especially when trying to get that extra few feet of line out. I hope that you will enjoy as I do, the feedback that members offer. Keeps me going all winter. Tight Lines from another "old fart".