Instructor Lindsay Shukoff showing everyone how to dress for the weather
After everyone spoke, we split up into two groups. My group was the first to tie flies. The instructors did such a great job breaking it down step-by-step and helping out, that I actually tied my first fly and it looked NORMAL! It didn’t look like a squashed bug or an alien (except that it was hot pink). All of the girls did a great job with their first flies. It was like a big arts & crafts table. If you’re on my list for receiving Christmas presents this year, don’t be surprised when you get a nice homemade fly!
The basic equipment used to tie flies.
My first fly!! Of course I used hot pink... The fish will love it!
Anna's completed fly!
Next we went outside and learned how to cast! Anna and I had a great instructor and in no time we were casting like pros (well, close enough). Casting a fly rod is more about rhythm than anything else. Now rhythm… that is one skill that I actually do have. So maybe I finally found which outdoor sport I’m good at! Too bad we never actually made it in the river to test out our ability. Anna and I had to leave the seminar early, so we never made it in the river. I feel like I’ve learned enough in that one day to try it out on my own. So check back sometime this summer for my post on fly-fishing IN the river! I just might surprise everyone!
Anna learning how to cast
Pictures from last year's seminar. I went and photographed it, but I was too scared to participate! Now look at me!
For women who are intimidated about fly fishing, don’t be. It is not as hard as it looks, it is very relaxing and it is FUN! Just ask someone to take you out and teach you and I guarantee you'll love it! The seminar is getting more popular every year, so be on the look-out next year and make sure you sign up! And don’t forget the number one reason why you should fly fish… it’s SEXY! Move over Angelina and Giselle… here we come!
The students and the instructors!