Viking Lars wrote:Do you remember when you learnt the double haul? From whom? How? Where? When?
Oh, yes. I began double hauling in 1958 in the Miami, Florida area about 4 months after Christmas 1957 when I got my first fly rod and tying vise - and probably the only ones in our town.
Before getting mine for Christmas the closest I'd ever been to one was in the stands at the Miami Sportsmen's
Show watching Jack Sharkey fly casting with Ted Williams announcing - then casting later himself .
A neighbor across the street had a massive collection of hunting and fishing magazines including “Field & Stream” which he let me read in his Florida room so long as I’d washed my hands, creased no pages and never removed them from that room. There were two well illustrated articles on “How to Fly Cast” that were published in succession with perfect timing that I read and re-read many times.
After trying the silk line that came with the reel, I realized that it was too light for bass poppers, so I bought a new type of line, a Cortland GBF Bass Bug taper (or Bug Taper- I forget exactly what they called it) from my lawn mowing money. The rod was a green South Bend “True Temper” that looked like someone had painted with a paint roller- but it worked fine with the new line.
With that line, I was able to get some line out and felt way, way better about the whole thing, because initially I was very, very disappointed.
Then the second installment came out which I must have read 10 times before finally getting the double haul to shoot line, and, man, was I ever excited. The Everglades at that time was teaming with life; mosquitos, frogs, brim, snakes, gators, birds and huge largemouth bass that had never seen a big cork popper. Poppers were so effective as the sun lowered that my best buddy ordered a fly rod too.
With the exception of the birth of my daughter, that rod and vise were the best gifts I’ve ever received.