The Fed Ex guy kept it late, which made it interesting. In the end, he made it here about 6:45 PM. Sure, I don’t leave for Belize for another 6 days, but I really wanted the weekend to do a little casting and it looks like that is going to happen. The box that arrived this evening was from Bainbridge Island, WA and if you are a fly fisherman that means Sage. Two brand new Xi3‘s were in the box, a 7 and a 10. I was a little surprised that the rods were brand new. These are loaners, after all… I have to send the things back after the trip, so I figured I’d get a rod that had been loaned in the past. Not so… these were spanking new with that new-rod smell… well… there really wasn’t a smell, but ya know what I mean.
In other news, I’ll actually be bringing along a third rod to demo… this rod will be the Orvis Helios in an 8 weight. I just did an interview with Steve Hemkens at Orvis for the Blog and he offered to loan me some gear. Having the 7 and 10 slots filled, I figured it would be better to go with an 8, instead of putting the Helios and Xi3 into some contrived duel. I am looking forward to doing some test driving in the coming days and putting them through the paces in Belize.
I’m just about done tying flies for the trip… I added another 8 or so flies today to the two crammed bonefish/permit boxes and am at about 148 flies now. My guess would be I’d use 10. So… over provisioned a tad, both on the fly front and probably on rods. Both are good problems to have.