Hi Chuck, Cutch and Everyone:
Sometimes the Lord (or who ever is in control of the lives of people and depending on your religious believes) works in wonderful and mysterious ways. When I first joined the RWFF Forum as a wide eyed novice, I was very impressed with Cutch's work and he was one of the few people that I followed and modeled my own outings creations after. His work to me, showed a lot of love for fishing and a mundane common sense approach to the sport that I loved. e.g. In his outing descriptions he said something like "Let Cutch show the the place to catch some big fish". I thought that was kind of cool. Just a down to earth, no nonsense approach that I appreciated. Then Cutch disappeared for a few years but got you into the game.
When you first joined the Forum I loved the enthusiasm you showed for fishing and our little game. Then later when we ran our "Guess the Fish of the Week" contest you showed yourself to be a very knowledgeable fish person. I also noted your excellent craftsmanship in your building of outing bitmaps. I thought, someone like Chuck shouldn't be just throwing big spoons and plugs with a bait casting rod or spinning gear. There is another dimension of fishing that I would love to introduce him to...flyfishing.
You see, flyfishing has never been a sport for everyone as it is technically difficult to master and will take a lot of learning and practicing to have any success at it. This form of fishing depend a lot more on skill than luck. It is kind of like hunting in a way as it is a very target oriented. You can't bring down a deer by randomly shooting into the wood no more than you can splash the water with a flyline hoping a fish will take you fly. You really need to know what you are doing, what the fish are doing , what the environment (flow of water) is doing to have any consistent success. I encouraged you to take up flyfishing as I thought you had all those qualities. A knowledge of the fish and their habitat, good fish sense, great craftsmanship and precision in building thing like RWFF outings, and finally, a real love for fishing in every form and ways.
In a little over one year's time you have learned to cast a flyrod, make your own flies, and now, caught a fish that some people would only dream of catching...A BIG Salmon on a flyrod. You know some folks might pay many thousands of dollars for professional guide services and go to remote exotic destinations just to do that? Wow! You deserve a good pat on your back and you should be very proud of what you have achieved in a relatively short period of time.
There is another cool thing about this. After Cutch got you into the RWFF game, you got him
back on the game as well after many years of inactivity. We are all proud and pleased to have old Cutch back on the Forum sharing his love for fishing with everybody here. It is kind of like a family reunited again and this is cool beyond words.
Finally, from my own past experience in flyfishing, fishing products and fishing garment manufacturing, etc I realized that flyfisherman are a bunch of very special people and we are definitely a minority amongst those who do bait and lure fishing. It is my pleasure to introduce you, a very special person, to this very fascinating sport. It will add a lot of fun, and another dimension to the sport that you love so much. I will pat myself on the back for that as well.
Too bad you didn't end up with a good profile picture of the fish...maybe next time? Remember, no fingers, no leaves and dirt, and no ropes. LOL