|Kyle Perkins, left, and Sean Anderson|
Seeing this group of angling bloggers in one Irish pub was honestly pretty impressive, and it reinforced my belief that fly fishers with an urge to communicate about our craft can change perceptions. This was no tweedy group of elitists that tipped back beer and whiskey on a Thursday night. This was a group of regular folks who have day jobs working for copier companies, coupon websites and conservation organizations. This is the future of fly fishing ... not the skeezy message boards where online longevity equals credibility in a digital world of porn photo exchanges among a bunch of unwashed fly fishing "experts" espousing advice and insults while wearing thread-bare boxer shorts and sitting in their mom's basement. I'm proud to be a part of it, and I'm proud of these bloggers for sharing their fly fishing perspective and welcoming input and questions from others.
Finally, despite the migraine I incurred at the Fly Fishing Show thanks to the Merchandise Mart's unfortunate lighting, I was able to touch base with Daniel Galhardo, founder of Tenkara USA, and Dennis Klein of Mystic Fly Rods. I'm a Tenkara convert, but I'm not quite ready to foresake my conventional gear altogether, so it was nice to meet up with these two folks. Galhardo's company is a "1% for the Planet" contributor to Trout Unlimited's Sportsmen's Conservation Project, and Dennis has contributed frequently to TU's causes--he helped with our Idaho CarpFest a couple years back, and is a believer is TU's mission to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries all over the country.
I'm off to the last day of the ISE at the Colorado Convention Center. If you're in town and at the show, look me up. I'd love to shake your hand and talk fly fishing.