For the last three years now, I have volunteered my time, my abilities, and my money to help out with the Deerfield River Spey Day in northwestern Massachusetts. The event is hosted by Walt Geryk (www.neffguide.com) and his crew of volunteers. The event usually consists of fly tying, spey casting demos, free BBQ, raffles, and auctions.
The proceeds go to Reel Recovery, an organization devoted to assisting cancer survivors in their recovery through fly fishing. I enjoy helping the cause and traveling to some beautiful river locations. Every year I have constructed a leather fly wallet and tie a few flies to go along with it. The items are then added to the list of wonderful trips, gear, and artwork to be auctioned. This year was no different, except I may have donated more flies and materials than usual. Again, it’s all for a good cause. This year was a little different for me. I usually have the family in-tow with me and we spend time after the event together. With the addition of a new puppy to our family, traveling a good distance and finding accommodations for the puppy was a bit much this year. I made the trip this year solo. Thank goodness the weather held out, unlike last year’s monsoon event. I had aspirations to fish before and after the event. You would think a solo trip would allow me endless hours of fishing, but it didn’t.
|At the Hairpin Turn|
The drive is nearly five hours each way, and not leaving until late Friday afternoon put the kibosh on the evening hatch since I had to find a place to throw down the tent for the night.
Up early on a quest for coffee took me to the Shellburn Falls Coffee Roasters, then as I scoped out fishable water I ended up at the Zoar Picnic Area and decide to give a hand setting up the big tent.
|Walt talking casting finess|