Friend Will Turek of Midwest Spey and SAO and George Daniel of Team USA fly fishing and TCO fly shop out on great programs, respectively. 20mph winds and wind chill values as low as -5 made for a tough learning environment but it seemed that by the end of the day everyone involved was excited about what they'd been able to take away from the program.
First stop, fly shop...
Banks of the Beaverkill...
So after a long, cold day Will and I finally got on the road about 7:45 pm with a 7-hour drive ahead of us back to Cleveland. I wasn't worried and volunteered to drive.
Somewhere west of Erie we got to swapping fishing stories. We went back and forth talking famous hatches and must-see rivers and ones that got away when right around 2:00 AM the accelerator just dropped on me and the RPM's went to zero. I was pretty befuddled until Will shot me a look as if I were the mentally challenged employee trying to change the trash bag at McDonald's but making a real mess of it.
"Dude, you ran out of gas."
Ah, Indeed I had. So we took a brisk half-mile jaunt up I-90 to the nearest gas station, grabbed a 5 gallon tank of gas, and hitched a ride in the back of a strangers pickup to our vehicles and were promptly on the road once again.
Just another story for the Dudewater archives.