I guess I'll go ahead and make the post, but Gerry Romer (Gerry) and Plateau Angler (David) were kind enough to invite me on a trip up to the Caney on Sunday. The plan was to meet up at the abandoned Mini mart off I-40 and travel to Kirby Road. Gerry was late, so David and I traveled up to Happy Hollow to warm up for the day. David told me what to tie on, how to improve my cast, and where to cast my line. While I was working on that, he immediately started catching brookies. He got tired of that, and started up river in search of a nice brown. I stayed in that one spot and kept missing fish like crazy.
About 30 minutes later Gerry showed up and we headed down to Kirby Road. The water was cold and pretty deep there (especially for me wet wading past my waist), and we fished there until the generation started to make the water rise. David caught two fish there, and Gerry and I got skunked (I think). We went up to Lancaster after that because the water had fallen out already. Gerry let me borrow an extra pair of waders and boots, and that made a world of difference in comfort. We all caught a few up there, and after the fishing slowed down we went back to Happy Hollow to finish out the day.
David was doing his usual search for a monster brown, and you all have seen his pictures of nice fish that he has caught. What he doesn't tell you is how many fish he catches total. Gerry and I watched him catch fish on nearly every cast. He was actually getting tired of catching small fish, fish that I would have happily asked to take my fly. He definitely is a fly fishing machine though. We all did much better at HH in the late afternoon as the sun was setting, David actually put me on to a lot of fish. He told me where to cast and that cast actually brought in a fish, and many more after. He helped me finish my Caney Fork Grand Slam, he already finished his, and Gerry technically didn't get his Slam but it was close enough to call it a slam- he never got a brown to hand but in two casts he had two browns on the line that he never touched, but got in very close.
So, Sunday was a blast thanks to these two gentlemen. Since summer is technically not over, they just made my summer. I'm hoping to be back fishing with these guys in October, I can't thank them enough.