IntroductionSherman, set the Wayback Machine for August, 2015. There were two historically significant events at this temporal nexus:
- The Fading Angler spends a day with a guide in southern Minnesota's Driftless Area. Guide Dan brings along a 4 weight TFO Finesse rod that seems to mesh better with my casting "skills" than the stiff 7-foot Sage Approach 3-weight I brought along.
- The Fading Angler gets a chance to test-cast the brand-spanking new Sage MOD at Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, MT. The MOD is Sage's "moderate action" rod, sitting somewhere between the actions of the fast ONE and "advanced slow-action" CIRCA models. Very quickly, something amazing happens: I am able to shoot line at the conclusion of forward casting strokes. I'd never been able to do this before.
Being a scientist (at least in my own head), I immediately implemented a new top-secret operation and intelligence protocol:
Fading Angler's Cientific Exploration Purporting to Learn Actual Nowlegde and Truth, better known by the codename FACEPLANT.(You might want to grab a coffee, Diet Mountain Dew, pint of beer, or a double bourbon before continuing. Oh, and a grain of salt. Bring the shaker...)