The Rats Nest

Monday, August 22, 2011

Where My Endeavors Are Headed These Days

The Switch Rod Arsenal
So if you haven't  noticed,  I've been in hiding lately.   The rumors are flying about what's going on, and some of you have so cleverly  figured it out. 

Catching-Shadows is shifting gears in 2012.   I know, hold up, 2011 isn't even over yet so what's the deal?  I have made a conscious effort to spend more time with the wife and kids, couple that with a huge household project in the ensuing weeks and I am pretty much out of commission.  Shortly my tying videos will be launched first and foremost on the Midcurrent site, two a month, and then maybe through Vimeo.  I will always welcome any requests from you my faithful followers, I can't thank you enough for all the kind support over the years, without all of you any of this just couldn't be possible.

I will continue to design, test and produce new and exciting fly patterns hopefully further pushing the envelope with new products and materials.  In fact this aspect,  aside from a few new classes will be my primary focus, with less emphasis on the guiding side of things.   I will continue to do some instruction, but it will be based mainly around some forthcoming curriculum's that I have been working on.  Some around fly tying, others around building skills on the water.  I have spent a great deal of time over the last 10 years compiling the ideas behind them, and once I release these classes they will be sure to not disappoint. 

On a more personal note, from the picture above you probably have figured out where most of my fishing efforts will be directed.  I've gotten very bored and stagnant with the single handed game, so I've decided that for the next 24-36 months any and all of my fishing will be done via the switch rod. Hey who knows, I may not ever look back.   I have really become a big fan of Skagit casting and the possibilities and on stream problems it solves, even in the trout realm.  Most notably, my friends Jerry and Fred have so graciously helped me shorten the learning curve, and I plan on kicking up my skill level with these rigs exponentially in the months to come.  With Fred and Jerry's help, I finally learned the ins and outs of dialing in my two handed rods and now have quite the growing arsenal at my disposal.  The right running lines, heads, tip systems and terminal gear is all the difference.  Stay tuned and see my progression, the blog should document this nicely.....

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