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 Post subject: Helping the newbies
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:39 pm 
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Our Nelson Trout Fishing Club held a Beginners Fly Fishing course yesterday. We were more than lucky to get the services of a former teacher turned fly fishing guide to run the day (with help from two senior members). The course covered gear, knots, set-up, casting, stream insects, choosing flies, where to find fish, how to spot fish, playing a fish and how to safely release a fish.

The Club President (yours truely) proved to be an excellent example (cited often) on what not to do and how to do things wrongly. Always glad to do my bit. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Helping the newbies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:17 am 
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Very nice Michael. I'm sure you were cited fro the positives of your fishing too. Just show them the pictures we've seen. Nobody can argue with that evidence.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping the newbies
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:13 pm 
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Michael,

Any demonstration or exhibition that begins, "Pay close attention now," will immediately crash and burn.

The more "watchers" in the group, the more likely everything will become unglued and collapse in a heap.

The original example you should have remembered....."Look, Ma.....no hands". Those famous words should be etched in all our minds.

The good news is that as we age, we accept our flaws as just part of the grand plan that keeps us all attached to the reality of life on earth. "Murphy's Law" was built on such truths....there's a line that says:
If anything can go wrong it will."

Keep up the good work and enjoy it all.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping the newbies
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:01 am 
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The Club Newsletter has received the following article for publication in the November issue...

On the 5 November the club held a Beginner Fly Fisherman’s course. Run by Tony Entwistle, the course offered a comprehensive introduction to the basic knowledge to give beginner fly fishers a solid foundation on which to develop their skills.

Who could resist those eager young? faces?

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The course began with a demonstration of how to put a fly rod together correctly and selecting a reel and line and progressed to which knots are necessary for putting together a leader with a tippet and hook and when each knot was most useful.

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Participants were given lengths of cord of varying diameters to practice with.

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Once the students had their heads full of knots they were hustled off to the sports field for some casting practice before lunch.

Sessions after lunch were videos demonstrating where to look for fish, how to spot fish and how land and properly release fish.

Tony often referred to the club President when discussing what not to do or how to do things wrong. During these moments he often looked like this.

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At the end of the day, the students were unanimous in their appreciation of what they had learned and how the material was presented. In addition the club raised about $200 for the Youth Fishing Trust.

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 Post subject: Re: Helping the newbies
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:21 am 
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Hang in there brother, hang in there. I will be teaching rod building classes in January, focusing on fancy wraps, feather inlays and other little tricks that make a rod really shine and look custom. In Feb and Mar there will be a beginner's class with 6 to 8 students, most building their first rod. There is just something exciting about helping folks learn and master a new skill that I enjoy doing and watching them become confident and then proficient. It's that feeling of sharing with someone and knowing that you have imparted a modicum of knowledge that will grow and blossom as they seek and learn more from others as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Helping the newbies
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Good stuff Michael. Each year my club does a similar thing with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. It is always a blast to watch these underprivileged youngsters, most of who have never fished before, learn about the sport. At the end of the day we take them down to a pond on the grounds and they get to fish for a little while. Most catch at least a small bass or bluegill. Their smiles make all the work worth it.

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