It's hard to write about fishing with a well made and beautiful bamboo fly rod when you didn't catch a single fish with, but here goes..
Back in the spring the website, Outdoor Blogger Network, had a unique and wonderful contest that consisted of two parts, where the prize was a bamboo fly rod from Fall River Fly Rods, along with a reel from Montana Fly Company and a line from RIO. All you had to do to enter the contest was to comment on the original post and 15 of those who posted were selected to be apart of the first part of the contest. The idea behind the contest was to be apart of the shared experience of fishing with anglers all over the United States, literally from sea to shining sea, from Vermont to Washington state. Included with the rod was a journal so that we could write about our experience with the rod, and all of us have blogs too that we ae all writing about as well. The second part of the contest involves one of the 15 hosts being selected to take home the rod, reel, line, journal and all other things that it picked up along the way.
I was chosen as one of the 15 hosts and fished with the wonderful rod recently, and not only did I not catch any fish with the none of the photographs I made of the rod with my Holga turned out either and I am not sure why.
The rod itself is a beautifully made bamboo fly rod, made by Jason Zicha, who I have had the pleasure of meeting a few times over the past few years. This is my really my first time that I have really had the chance to fish with a bamboo fly rod, especially on a river that involved casting 20' to 30' across the river. Once I finally got the hang of casting this rod and slowed down my cast, I was really able to cast accurately with every cast.
There are five others after me, so it will be only a matter of weeks before the final selection is made and the rod will go to its new owner. I sure hope it's me, because I was just getting the feel for this lovely rod and I want to catch some fish it. Sadly, I am the only one who has fished with it so far that has not caught any fish, and knowing what I know about the others that follow me, I will likely be the only one of us that won't catch any fish with it either.
I will end this with a picture of me with the Fall River/OBN fly rod, something I hope will not be the one and only of either..
I will post other photographs from that same weekend , more like the ones I normally do, that don't involve the rod shortly.