MY FIRST CLUB OUTING by Mike Reed

“There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot” (Steven Wright).

Being a novice, this quote captured my apprehension in joining the 4CFF and going on my first fishing trip.

My motives for joining the club were, of course, to hopefully learn how to fly fish; but, more broadly, to explore the natural beauty of the northwest and BC, achieve sanctuary from our “online, real time” daily responsibilities, and enjoy the fellowship of “good braggers”… oops, I mean fishermen.

My concerns melted way as members welcomed me, loaned me a rod, and helped me select the proper flies in preparation for my first outing at Boulder Creek. I had not been to this part of Washington before, so that was a new travel experience. When it came time to fish, Ed Ruckey, an experienced fly fisherman, took me under his wing, showing me what flies to use and how and where to cast. And, I caught trout!

Then, to cap off an already wonderful day, the club put together an amazing dinner of lamb, cooked over an open campfire on a special spit welded by one of the members. Ed Dahl. Frank Koterba, the main chef, put together a South American marinade, basting the lamb as it cooked. Enjoyable banter accompanied the dinner, including one humorous comment that “this is the cooking club that likes to fish!” After dinner, the club held a drawing for a valuable box of flies tied by Ed Ruckey and for someone who rarely wins anything, I won this extraordinary prize.

If you think all of the above is a fish tale, I assure you it all happened. I’m very appreciative of all the members and especially, Ed Ruckey. It was memorable day!

I think I’m hooked on Fourth Corner Fly Fishers and wish to participate in not only more fishing; but, fly tying, conservation, educational, charitable, and club organizational activities.

I’m looking forward to more fly fishing trips where: “There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process (Paul O’Neil, 1965).

Thanks again members; but, don’t forget…I still have a lot to learn…all suggestions welcome!
Mike Reed