My name is Greg Brouelette and I live in the foothills of the Sierra mountains between the north fork of the American River and the Bear river. I'm a "Retired" computer programmer. Now, when I say "Retired" I don't mean that I'm one of those lucky dot com millionaires, far from it
A friend of mine once told me that "retirement just means you get to do what YOU want for a living". I ran away from the high stress and low emotional reward business of software and now I teach guitar, mandolin and banjo lessons in the afternoon while I build guitars, mandolins and mountain dulcimers during the day. So here I am in my late 40's trying to start a brand new life.
My wife and I cashed out of our overpriced San Diego home last year and bought a little house on an acre and a half just up the hill from Auburn California. We're about half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. My wife use to love to fish and I use to fish a lot with my grandfather. But living in San Diego wasn't conducive to river fishing.
So my wife and I are walking along the Bear river watching the water flow over the gravel and we got to talking about how I bet this is a big fly fishing area. She even mentioned that she'd like to get started. Well being the dummy that I am I didn't go right out and buy us some gear and get us started. I guess I messed her hint.
So yesterday on Christmas I find that my gifts were a rod and reel (A Martin Caddis Creek set), some fly line, some wet and dry flys and several books on the subject. Cool, I guess I just needed a push to get into a sport that I wanted to do anyway.
There's a local fly fishing store that has group trips for beginning fly fishermen. I'm going to have to go get set up with one of those trips.
This morning I was practicing casting and it's really relaxing. When it's wrong you sure know it. But when it all goes right you can really feel it. It's like your body and brain say "Oh! So THAT'S what it feels like when it's right" Now I have to work on getting that timing right every time.
Well, that's a bit about me. I hope it won't be too long before I can relate a story of my first trip to the river. Take care folks and happy holidays to all of you.