Everyone should be brave enough to learn a new skill
Wednesday was a monmental day for me. I got an email. Ok, we all get emails, but did you get one from L.L. Bean telling you that you had just won in their 100th Anniversary Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway? I did.
As a child I fished in Casco Bay with my Dad using a wooden drop line with a lead weight and some smashed blue mussels that I had collected on the shore. I would catch flounder and sometimes a dogfish. I would go out alone and fish off the local dock or in our rowboat.
I dreamed of fishing with equipment that I saw others use, but my Dad wasn't a fisherman and didn't teach me. I kept that dream inside me until January. I have debated with myself about learning yet another skill. I'm sure that many of my guests have the same debate. I thought that flyfishing would be better than spincasting because the rod was lighter and the dream of doing it was strong.
Back to LL Bean and their 100th Anniversary. The email said, that I was one of the 366 winners (one each day and 2012 is a Leap Year) to receive up to a $500 value of gear and training to get your family or yourself outdoors. I followed the directions, applied in January and was lucky enough to be selected in February. What did I win?
I get to be like the very first Registered Maine Guide in Maine - Fly Rod Crosby. I won a new lightweight 8' rod with six pound weight forward floating backing line, stockingfeet waders for women, a pair of wading boots, and thankfully a fly fishing 4 hour lesson with the great instructors from the Outdoor Discovery School. The gear is on its way, and I'm scheduled for my lesson in May. I'll be putting more information on the blog about what happens.
Click here to go to see what LL Bean put up about my application within their 100th anniversary page. Watch out fish, I'm going to learn a new way for me to catch you!