Monday, June 4, 2012

The Deerfield and the Deluge

This is my second year participating at the Deerfield River Spey and Fly Day which benefits the Reel Recovery program. The fiver hour drive is always interesting and for this event I bring the rest of the family along. The big excitement last year for the girls was the overnight in a tent. We agreed that this year we would try two nights, since last year wasn't too bad. Thursdays forecast for Friday wasn't looking tent friendly and by Friday morning the 70% chance of showers and 90% chance on Saturday was enough for me to pull the plug on tent camping. By some miracle, the campground (Country Aire) had two new cabins this year for rent. By a second miracle one of those was available for Friday and Saturday night. We booked them sight unseen, not something I usually like to do. All I can say is this....WOW! The cabin was like the Taj Mahal of cabins....forget roughing it, this was exactly what we needed. Around 1:00am Saturday morning the rain started and never ended until late Saturday night. The event went on regardless of the weather, because we flyfishers are cut from a different cloth....LOL I had a blast as always and really enjoy the network of people that show up both old and new. It was a pleasure to meet a few folks from and fellow blogger Garry at Walt Geryk did a great job as always and Scott Anderson was a tremendous help setting up and breaking down. Phil Krista assured us that his Scottish kilt would weigh 700 pounds with all the rain, and none of us wanted that burden for sure. Raffles and auctions went well netting some money for Reel Recovery. The fly wallet I created was well received and fetched a decent bid in the auction. Some truly great items and bargains were again to be had for those willing to tough it out. Kudos to all who helped and organized. Next year I'm going to fish! I felt the same way after we got home


  1. Hey Vern,
    Its not to often you can say you had a high water mark on your table when you where tying,LOL.You flies are looking great.Thanks for staying positive through the Ark inspired water event. Many thanks for your donations to the auction and raffle.I was really impressed with the turn out all things considered.Thanks to all that pitched in.We all managed to have a great time in spite,and managed a nice donation for Reel Recovery.

    PS If there is a cooler,no need to ask.