Saturday morning, I got up, had my coffee, and hopped in the car as Matt headed off to his office’s event. He headed east toward his office, and I drove over towards the west side of town. I had a Fly Fishing 101 class to attend.
As I wandered into the Orvis, I remembered from previous visits that this place was far too rich for my blood. They have a Linen Collection online, for one, and for two it’s $40 for a t-shirt. I still buy my t-shirts from Old Navy and Target, and I’m not quite in a demographic that wears linen pants. But to each their own- I guess if you can shell out that kind of money for a cotton tee, I’ll just sit over here and wish I could do the same.
At any rate, the fly fishing classes they offer are free of charge, so my plebeian behind was all over it. They do give you a goodie bag with a bunch of coupons for in-store purchases afterwards. Maybe I’ll treat myself to some equipment for my birthday, but it wasn’t in the cards on Saturday. The first hour and a half of the class was centered on casting, and rightly so. It’s not easy. But by the end, most of us were managing to lay our line out in a relatively straight line.
Casting down pat, we all headed back inside for soda, snacks, and the second half of the course: rigging and fly presentation. I knew the uses for dry flies and streamers already, but learning how to nymph was pretty interesting. We also covered some knots, as well as backing, fly line, leader, and tippet. With all that concluded, we also covered the next courses in the series, and access points on local Driftless Area streams. I intend to do the 201, although 301 is a bit more spendy.
My only criticisms of the course are pretty simple. I was one of 3 women present. We were the only ones who were asked if we’d ever been fishing before. They didn’t ask this of the 5 year old boy. Also, I had an experience with the “Orvis Boys” Mr Shaw references over at his place: at a mention that I eat the fish I catch, some dirty looks were passed around. All in all, though, if that was the only low point, then it’s really not too bad.