Rise contest: Fly Fishing With Me Song

That questionable line at 1:03 is “foggy morn.” Unfortunate phonetic misunderstanding.

Again, this is for the OwlJones.com and Rise fishing Rise Fly rod and reel giveaway. These posts are only allowed to be done until tonight, hence the absolute flurry. But I can no longer apologize. I’m trying to win!

oh and by the way, if you are here for reasons other than these posts, here is My Big Adventure post of my trip fly fishing in Montana and hiking in Utah.

Rise fishing contest: Poem

Spring comes earl in the Georgia South.
Woods, thick and wet.
Lush and overflowing like a McDonald’s Playpen,
Enveloped by the great Smoky Mountain Range.
A River Damsel shifts her footing in cool mountain waters
Hoping for a trophy.
Catching a fry.
Leaving with memories.
This is another entry for OWLJONES and Rise Fishing for the Rise fishing rod and reel contest.

The Circus is in Town

Okay, so Owl Jones at Owljones.com is hosting a rod and reel giveaway in cooperation with Rise Fishing Co.

I would love to get me hands on this so that my wifey could have a cool rod and might want to join me in fishing some afternoon. In order to win this sweet stuff, I’ve got to do as much silly stuff on the contest point list as possible. Owl tallies the points up on his forum, Fish Head Forums.

So, if you are one of the few who subscribes to this (I don’t have a list, but mom and dad I guess that is mostly you), you will be getting a flury of emails as I try to nail a few of these as quickly as possible.

Am I Deserving? Am I Worthy?

Sir Owl Jones over at Fly Fishing the Southern Blue Ridge and the folks at Hook and Hackle have proposed a question: Why do I deserve to win a Hook and Hackle “Xi” 7’9″ 4-piece 3 weight rod building kit?
Why do I deserve this? Am I really worthy? Worthy is a strong word in my book. I don’t know how worthy Arthur felt as he approached the sword in the stone (Disney version, obviously. Sweet fish scene.).

I also don’t know how worthy the Taco Bell Chihuahua felt when he was cast to say his famous words, “Yo quiero Taco Bell.” (Chili Cheese Burrito? Why, yes. I’ll have 4.)
I do know I am lucky enough to own 1 fly rod. It is a 10 year old 2-piece, 8’6″ 5wt with a wooden handle and graphite shaft. I made it from a kit as a sophomore in high school. Has it caught me many fish, you ask? Well… many is very, very relative. But it is a beauty. It’s special not only because it is my 1st fly rod, but also because I made it myself. That is one of the reasons I am am so excited with the possibility of updating my equipment with another rod I can make provided by Hook and Hackle.
There is one more reason, however, I would be happy to win this rod kit. My wife doesn’t know this yet, but I am secretly trying to turn her into a fly fisher woman. It is a slow process of subliminal messages, compliments, and strategically placed encouragement. I know I couldn’t keep the project a secret, but I could surprise her with the finished product, and possibly, find a new fly fishing buddy.
So, approaching this essay, my preverbal stone with a shining rod making kit buried deep within, I will now muster up all of my courage and use my best Chihuahua voice to say, “Yo quiero Hook and Hackle “Xi” rod-making kit.” and find out if I am truly deserving, if I am truly worthy.