Saturday, April 21, 2012
Going to the Water Old School
Monday, I’ll head North for a week of wading some of my favorite waters, campfires, copious amounts of cigars and bourbon, and a testing of an old stick made new. The weather prognosis for the next ten days, which is fluctuating wildly every twelve hours it seems, is tolerably conducive to some fine early season flyfishing. The Fishing Report, which is updated weekly and thus lacks the wild fluctuations of the weather prognosis, is also tolerably conducive to some fine early season flyfishing, though, as the fishing report suggests, the catching of trout may very well also fluctuate wildly.
This time of year makes me feel quite a bit like a kid at Christmas, not only because trout season is opening, but because I’ve an old stick made new to take to the water, an 8’ Granger Victory Bamboo flyrod, which was made sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. When the rod was given to me, last year at this time, it was sorely in need of some TLC, so off to RKP Cane Rods it went. The rod’s stay at RKP was extended, I just picked it this past Wednesday, and it was worth the wait.
Here’s a couple of pics, which do not do the rod justice.