Twas the night before the two-hander, and all through Steelhead Ranch, anglers sat on the front porch seizing the chance for commune and conversation. Jack Mitchell, owner and operator of Steelhead Ranch, Ben Dow, Brian Chou, Michael Davidchik, Brian Styskal, Simon Hsieh and, myself, Chad Brown. This was an evening of wholesome dialogue centered around the passion of humble anglers, with the occasional jest. Fly fishing itself has so many layers of deep thought and rewarding memories regarding the big fish caught all the way down to the scientific and technological approach. Ambassador anglers seep in community of conversation about the gear used, the line chosen and the fly specifically created and selected for that exact moment in time. Every line has its own story and every rod has its own limit of flexibility that is almost always pushed to its maximum.
Deep thought ran its course and good, ol’ fun times was in the air. Friendships was mended even more on this porch like a family creating new memories that only they will understand and cherish. Egos aside, this was just a porch full of knowledge wound up in a mass full of experienced leaders of their own craft within the sport of flyfishing. As we talked through the night to the early morning hours we found ourselves fading away to sleep for the big two-hander event.
The day proved to be successful. Held right on the banks of the Klickitat River, people drove from all over Oregon and Washington to be part of this. This was the opportunity for participants to learn more of the how-tos in spey casting. One full day of instructions given by Brian Chou, Michael Davidchik, Ben Dow, Eric Neufeld, Jeff Cottrell and Brian Styskal were available, as well as casual opportunities to ask questions and have oneon-one support along the river. Various rods, including Loop, were available for participants to test out.
This event is a perfect event for anyone and everyone. It also provides a strong opportunity to gain and build your knowledge as an angler. What is so cool is that the folks here are like family – “river family” – and to learn on the jeweled banks of the Klickitat River is truly incredible! See you next year!
Thank you to Catch Magazine-Tom Bie , and the Evening Hatch provided by Steelhead Ranch – Mr. Jack Mitchel and all the supporters, vendors and instructors. If you are ever heading out to the Klickitat give Jack a ring and you will surely be welcome!
Thank you Brian Chou for the photos!