I like that the Orvis Day--Dallas is held so early in the calendar year. From last year's presentation, I learned various tips from each guide that I could and did apply directly to my fishing in 2011. I was able to land my pending IGFA Bluefin Trevally thanks in part to Rob Woodruff, who gave a tip about wrist action to make the fish fight the entire rod. I was able to create my fly Bass Brunch thanks in part to Steve Hollenshead, who gave advice on baitfish and fishing the water column. I was able to fish streams and riffles better, landing me a rather nice-sized Rio Grande Perch at Oktoberfisch, thanks in part to Doc Thompson's advice on fishing the Cimarron and Valle Vidal.
Today, each guide still presented on their home waters, so what could we "experienced" guests learn? Plenty! I do not believe if we sat to dinner with each guide for two hours, that we would come away knowing 1/16th of what they know and teach, but we would leave more knowledgeable and be a better angler if we applied what information they shared.
|Rob Woodruff, left
|Doc Thompson, middle
Cody has always talked about Crystal Creek Lodge. I never quite grapsed what the big deal was with this Bristol Bay lodge, until today. Oh my word, they have some gorgeous, behemoth Rainbow Trout as seen in their presentation photo. Cody wants to catch a 30" Rainbow--a bucket list want. I want to catch a King Salmon on a fly, as well as chase more Dolly Vardens and Grayling. I really enjoyed Unalakleet and catching these species, but the Bristol Bay Watershed has more of the species, larger sizes of the species, and isolation. Flying out on a gorgeously maintained DeHaviland Beaver and fishing waters where we are the only people on the water is pristine fly fishing. I get it, now; I really get it.
|Sean Polk, left
It was a great day for us, and I can not wait to see what adventures await where I have the opportunity to apply what I learned today! Thank you, Orvis one and all.