Last weekend I took out a buddy new to fly fishing for some bass along the Galena River. The recent rains have not been kind to the river, and when we arrived the water was the consistency of Quik and looked about as nutritious. The New Guy was a trooper though, and since this was just as much about tuning his cast as it was catching fish it wasn’t so much of a bother that the fishing was slow.
In between my admonishment to keep the tip of his rod up on the back cast, to keep it down when stripping the fly, and repeated reminders to change the rhythm of his cast as he added more line, the New Guy had the load of questions you might expect a beginner to have. After rolling through my thoughts on leaders and tippet, fly selection, the benefits of trying tenkara, and dreaming of far-off fishing destinations, he was quiet for a moment. Then, pausing before starting another cast, he turned to me.
“I’ve been looking a lot on the internet, and the pictures of trout on there, the colors, are amazing. Those must be Photoshopped, right?”
I assured him they were not.