Summer casting party
Sunshine, lots of fly rods, a large grass lawn, good company and sausages on the barbecue. What's not to like?
The Copenhagen Fly Casting Club has been arranging a small summer get together the the last few years, inviting members and non-members to meet and try rods, chat and have a beer and a sausage from the barbecue.
Copenhagen Fly Casting Club should indicate the scope: casting, and sure enough there was lots of casting on the large lawn. And there were rods to try. Several vendors had each their small stand with a selection of rods, which you could try - and buy if you wanted.
The weather was perfect and the attendance good. I manged to chat to a lot of people - old friends and and new. And I cast a couple of rods and had an appointment with one particular Echo Glass rod and Silja Longhurst from Baltic Fly Fisher, the northern European distributor of Echo rods.
I tried the rod, liked the rod and bought the rod. I'm working on a large article on fiberglass rods for the site, and owning and fishing with one is one of my ways to get acquainted with glass. The local pond roach have a surprise waiting for them as soon as I get the chance to go. The glass rods are very slow and fairly heavy compared to modern carbon fiber rods, but fun to cast and fish like a cane rod albeit at a very different price level.
I also chatted to Peter Norsker of Norsker Rods, and Danish rod builder whose rods are exquisitely built and a real pleasure to handle and cast.
A talk with Danish angler Jesper Fohrman was particularly intriguing, not least because Jesper's company FishMadMan has some really interesting materials and flies and a whole new perspective on salmon and steelhead fishing with large and "noisy" dry flies.
I knew Jesper by name but had never met him, so it was good to put a face to the name and we had long talk about flies and fishing
FishMadMan has both some very interesting and different flies as well as some pretty nice materials like their hand dyed, striped Zebra Goat or their Bug-Foam with an iridescent shell, which they integrate in some of their very funky Ska Opper flies. Jesper gave me a couple of sample flies, and the Wake Monster Tube Caddis is something to behold. Talk about a salmon fly that breaks with tradition!
Altogether a great little event, and kudos to those who took the time to set it up and those who made sure that an ample supply of warm sausages were ready. Both my dog and I appreciated that.