Yep. I'm not very active in my local T.U. due to time and distance constraints, but I am active in another T.U. program. I've gotten advice, casting lessons, invitations to cabins, boat rides and a whole lot of fun. Seems like once the serious fishers figure out that you are serious, they are tickled to help. I've met a lot of good people.One of the best pieces of advise for a beginner is to join your local fly fishing club. There is such multitude of knowledge among the members with most members more than willing to help a newbe out. Most have small yearly dues + presentations at the monthly meetings and other social events . You might also meet some new fishing buddies as I have and develop life long lasting relationships.
I apologize, I was wrong. It's been resting in the basement so long in its sock and tube the last 3-4 years I forgot what it is. I took it out to lawn (gravel) cast with it the other day. It is a 3 piece Sage SP, not an XP. Since I prefer my Radian and ScottG, I need to get on the ball and list the Sage for sale.I was really hoping to read you'd made a Sage XP off a different makers blank, oh well...
Agreed. I keep my car fob with me inside my waders, and that allows me to open the trunk without fumbling. First priority is disassembling my rod and packing it in the case. When it is safely stowed, I then can take off my vest, waders etc and reflect on what a great day it was.Further to this, most cars now just need the key-fob to be in close proximity for one to unlock the doors. No more fumbling around for keys or the fob. Very practical.
I really like the advice to break-down & stow the rod / reel before taking off the vest, boots and waders. Great advice.
LOL!20191129_131442 by James Landis, on Flickr
One thing you realize after a while....is we are not all created equal. (And that's OK...)
My friend/protege is a hard core fisher, but, he is 6ft 9inches tall. Boy can he high stick!!!
So his achillies' heel is his height...hard to be sneaky when they see you coming......they see your rod tip movement/shadow first, then your hat.......
Compensating for his issue, he eases out and stays low, and takes a seat. He takes a few minutes to get there, because herding fish isn't productive..
He is almost totally camo, and moves quietly like a ninja....no waves, no splashing, no grinding of cleats on rocks...
He waits a little while before casting to let them decide that, "I guess the coast is clear." then he makes a drift.
ONE perfect drift.....viola!!!! We one-drift a lot of fish, most guides can...., 200 drifts doesn't really help.
We all have issues....the question is what you are going to do about it?
Raise your game and make fewer drifts to catch more fish.
As I say, "Don't fish like Brad" standing ON the rock is not the approach. Try hiding behind it instead....