In 1992 the fly fishing industry received a huge shot in the arm. It was called Robert Redford and "A River Runs Through It!" I can't tell you how many conversations I have had with people while on the water who say, "I started fly fishing after I saw the movie, A River Runs Through It." It's like the world of fly fishing can be separated by BTM and ATM....before the movie and after the movie.
Well, no more. I believe that the next shot in the arm is taking place right now and in a couple years we are going to start hearing a different story. In the last month, The Orvis Company has started a campaign that spans the country to help bring people into this wonderful sport. In recent weeks, here in Ohio and all across the country, Orvis stores as well as affiliate shops have been offering "Fly Fishing 101 & 201" classes. Several of us here at Steelhead Alley Outfitters have had the opportunity to be involved in these classes and they have been very well attended. Thanks to Orvis, fly shops, and a lot of volunteers, thousands of people are being introduced to this awesome sport!
The rods are rigged and ready for fresh hands
Ben Barger, Will Turek, Jim Lampros and myself get
ready for the newest class of Fly Fishing 101 students.
Jim Lampros gets started on the basics with an
energetic bunch listening to the instruction.
If you are interested in getting in on either a 101 or 201 class, you still have some time left to get signed up and participate...Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE? YES, FREE! Just click on the hyperlink above and you can see the remaining dates that the Cleveland Orvis store will be holding these classes and what you must do to get involved!
Until the next time,
Patrick "Flybum" Robinson
Steelhead Alley Outfitters