Thursday, May 03, 2012
The Cork Has Been Slimed
In flyfishing, there is a tradition, when one purchases a new fly rod, of sliming the rod’s cork grip upon landing of the first trout taken with said fly rod. The cork grip of the bamboo stick I recently mentioned here, was properly slimed last week, while I was North, with the slime of a number of trout caught and released, with the below trout, a 14 inch brown, providing the most satisfaction in performing this tradition.
I took this trout to my hand at around 3:45 in the afternoon, about 100 yards downstream of Shep’s Bend, on a Hendrickson mayfly, tied in the comparadum style with a trailing shuck, and the trout took the dry fly with gusto.
The brown is actually the perfect eating size, fried up in a cast iron skillet with butter, salt and pepper, but I predominately practice catch and release, so after the photo op, I gently gathered the brown in my hands, knelt with him in the water while he re-acclimimated himself to his natural environs, and watched him swim upstream with vigor and purpose from my hand. We may very well meet again in the future.