I was “talking” to a friend of mine about the new Scott Radian rod I’ll be giving away, and how I really wanted to cast it, but felt like I shouldn’t since it isn’t mine. His response was basically telling me to go cast it stating, “Some lucky guy getting a free rod isn’t going to complain.”
He may have a point there, but it’s not one I’m ready to concede just yet. He then offered a suggestion that I think has some real possibilities though, and one that spurred a number of other ideas: “Do a shoot-out.”
Now pulling together a rod shoot-out would be great, but it will also take some time, and certainly plenty of effort (and likely expense) on my part. But I’m not one to shirk, so I’m getting to work on it and we’ll see what comes. But his suggestion also has me thinking about other ways to do a “shoot-out,”, and one of those is being discussed right now in a thread over on the Dry Fly Forum: floatant.
As dry fly anglers we obviously all seem to use some kind of floatant, so why not test a variety of them and see which one comes out “on top”.
To this end I am now dedicated, and if there is a floatant you want to see in the shoot-out, please get it posted as a comment below, and I’ll be sure to include it. And if I can’t find it to purchase (or it’s your own special “secret sauce”) I’ll be contacting you to get a sample.
Of course, if you think this is a dumb idea, let me know that too, because I don’t want to go to all the effort to do something that nobody wants to read about!