I guess I have been a good boy!!
Christmas has come early this year through some extraordinary generosity and kindness from a man who has reached legendary status in this respect – Ed Herbst.
It started with a call from him, when he had this to say ….. “just to let you know that I have given Tom Sutcliffe a new J Vice and the Renzetti Presentation 3000 that was mine originally and then passed onto Tom some years ago, is on its way to you”. Was I over the moon? – you have to believe it, not just because I have been a fan of Renzetti (apologies to Jay Smit whose J Vice is as good if not better) and used a Traveler for many years, but because I’m a sucker for nostalgia – to know that these two fine gentlemen that have had such a significant impact on my flyfishing journey, tied probably thousands of flies between them on this vice, just adds another dimension to its meaning.
If that wasn’t enough from Ed there was a new Stonefo thread splitter supplied by Stream X and a pair of very nice Kai scissors as well as a packet of #18 Mouche jig hooks to try. The scissors and Mouche hooks are obtainable from Gordon van der Spuy, who is also developing a range of top quality fly tying materials, and he knows what that means!. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. I subsequently ordered a few additional Mouche dry fly and Caddis pupae hooks in a range of sizes. I have yet to use the flies I have tied on them, but so far I like them a lot!
And, then there is a little gem in the post on its way to me (arrived a short while ago) courtesy of Tom Sutcliffe and the generosity of Nick Taransky, bamboo rod maker from the Canberra area in NSW, a copy of one of the original Paul Young Rod Company catalogues – why such a fuss you ask? Well, two things, I happen to be hooked on bamboo fly rods and because one of my favourites was made for me by Stephen Boshoff, based on the well-known Paul Young Midge taper – a beautiful work of a local craftsman and a delight to fish.
To all – a joyful, fun filled festive season and may the bends in your rods be exciting and memorable – remember to marvel at their beauty, but keep them in the water.
See you in 2015 – take care and stay safe!
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