Fly fishing!

untitled, 30″ x 30″, 1994, m/m

There is a local fly fishing store I frequent to buy feathers for various projects in my life.

These said projects have absolutely nothing to do with fly fishing.

I have been going to this place for the past 10 or so years; maybe 1-2 times a year at most.

They have a whole wall of packaged feathers from pheasant, duck, turkey, quail….

The belly down from some softer-than-soft creature..

And the list goes on..

This weekend, I picked my feathers-of-choice and went up to pay.

There was a kind of grizzled man standing there speaking with the cute owner of the place.

The older man says to me: “Do you tie?”

(he meant: do I tie flies for you non-fisherpeople)

Well… I’m standing there with my walker dressed in a rather nice jacket, glittery, fake, stretchy (so I can manage putting them on) bracelets.

I say: “No. I just live vicariously when I come in here.”

The man leaves and I start looking at this poster of a trout.

All speckled and wriggly and gorgeous.

I say to the cute guy: “Fly fishing looks kindof fun.”

He says: “You should come with us in the Spring when the water is muddier and it doesn’t take so much skill to catch something.”

I say: “Really? How would I do that?”

He says: “Get a friend and we’ll take care of everything. Drive you to the river, set you up, teach you everything you need to know and stay with you.”

“Would I get to wear those great hip boots and stand in the river?” I say.

“Oh, yeah.” he says.

“How would I stand up? What would I hold on to?”

“You’d hold on to me,” the cute man says.


3 Responses to “Fly fishing!”

  1. gerry harty on November 8th, 2010

    I love it !!! Of course you said YES???

  2. Bibliotekaren on November 8th, 2010

    Please tell me you will be taking him up on the offer 😉

  3. Carol on November 10th, 2010

    you ARE going to go – yes???!!!

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