As you know, it’s been a long and hard summer for both of us: For me, it’s been the inability to land any decent fish, and for you…well…sitting in the corner, unused….waiting…watching…. can be distressing I’m sure….and I want to take this chance to apologize for said treatment. There was no good reason for me to leave you at the campsite in February while the rest of us went to Mosquito Lagoon and caught a slew of redfish. I’m sure that you would have enjoyed that experience every bit as much as I did…..and I’ll have you know that I didn’t really take Redfish Chuck’s offer to make a custom fly rod for me seriously….it just went in one ear and out the other.
I can distinctly remember the day you and your siblings arrived at my house, and me looking at your hunter green and teal wraps and Pflueger logos glistening proudly. Even though I accidently killed your two siblings, I learned a lesson from each one of those mishaps and have cherished your existence since I screwed your partner reel onto your carbon fiber reel seat….even more since I found out that your model was discontinued. You’re a rare breed for sure. I have fond memories of us wading the flats for redfish and trout, and wading the marl for bonefish.
But everything happens for a reason…and if you listen, I can explain some of my actions and fishing trips with those other spinning rods.
I’m sure that you’ve noticed the big, green kayak stored behind the couch…and I’m sure that you can remember being in the kayak a few times and staying in the back rod holder, untouched…all the while watching those lightweight spinning reels get to have all the fun….and it’s not because they have bigger guides and a faster action….it’s because they’re easier….yes….easier to use while sitting in my kayak. You know that I’m not the most coordinated of fellows and I was only doing this to protect you from being dunked into the saltwater, but I’ve since learned the art of standing and fishing in the kayak, and I’m a bit more balanced now that I’ve practiced it.
I need you in my life and I promise, I’ll change. Just like the Shania Twain song, I’m going to make a conscious effort to use you more than ever…to caress your cork handle lovingly, to feel the vibration and hear the sound of the fly line coursing through your guides and to feel your curvy butt end jammed into my groin while fighting a fish….after all, the spinning gear is spinning gear and they don’t mean near as much to me as you do.
So... Starting this weekend, we’ll be together again, hunting for snook in Cockroach Bay amongst the mangroves.
I need you to be a shining star for me. You’re bound for the big screen. Surely we can find a way paddle off into the sunset like we used to.
So try to look happy when it’s time for your Go Pro close up.
I’m sure that you’ll look stunning under the lights.
About the Author: Rob DeVore is a Pro Staff Member at YakAngler.com and an outdoor writer from the Tampa Bay area. He writes for various fishing publications and is the host of BadBackcast Live Show at 8pm E on the Kayak Fishing Radio Network. Rob also is the author of ABadBackcast.com